Students become senators: Seniors participate in Mock Senate

Caroline Fogarty

Last Friday, Nov. 16th, Government students took part in day-long Mock Senate sessions.

Seniors were assigned a specific state and senator to research and represent.  They were directed to vote and act as their senator would.

“We all researched our state’s position and what is going on there politically and what problems needed to be fixed,” said Josie Nordrum, who represented a liberal congressman from New Jersey.

Each student wrote a bill prior to the actual Mock Senate. In the weeks leading up to the session, in-class committees decided which bills would continue on to be debated and voted on in the Senate.

“I proposed to prevent unions from spending money on political campaigns, similarly to Prop 32,” said Adam Carroll, a Republican from Kentucky.  “My bill wouldn’t help Kentucky specifically, none of these bills were addressing a specific state, but as the Senate went on people could propose changes that would help the states they represented.”

The day provided an interactive look at the legislative process for seniors.

“It was a lot more fun than we thought it would be,” Nordrum said.  “People got really into it and it turned out to be a great day passing a lot of bills.”

Each government teacher had her government sections in a different place, either the library, classroom 2020, or classroom 209.