Last updated: July 17. 2013 6:02PM - 290 Views
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CHARLESTON — Students from Madison, Sherman, and Van middle school participated in the 8th Grade Youth and Government Seminars this week at the West Virginia Legislature.

The students participated in events all around the capitol from the 18th to the 20th of February.

The goal is for students to learn the operation of state government, strengthen their understanding of the three branches of government, better understand the constitution, and learn the responsibilities of citizenship.

The program is open to 8th graders from every school and also to homeschoolers all across the state. The program is currently reaching 26 counties and seventy-two schools.

Observation, questioning, and discussion with elected and appointed officials and government staff are encouraged.

The seminars are a program of the Youth Leadership Association in cooperation with the WV Department of Education, Governor’s office, WV Supreme court of appeals, Secretary of State, Treasurer of State, President of the Senate and Senators, Speaker of the House and Delegates, Charleston Municipal Court, United States Federal Court, WV State Bar Foundation, participating parents, schools and teachers, and the Founder Al Emch from Jackson Kelly.

Students from Boone County met with Delegate Joshua Nelson following regular house session to talk and ask a few questions, and to get pictures.

“That our children and students are the future, and it is very important to get them involved in the governmental process,” Nelson said. “I believe that this program is a great experience and gives our children a better grasp on just how our government operates and works. Hopefully they will have the experience and leadership abilities when they take over to help drive our country back on course and on to bigger and better things. I believe it is our responsibility to get them involved and the experience needed as they carry on through their education. Our students are some of the brightest and best around. I really enjoyed spending time with them today.”

Nelson said he hopes to that our schools stay engaged and involved.

“Spending time with our young people has been one of the best experiences of representing the 23rd district so far,” he said.

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