Massachusetts students gain firsthand government experience

More than 300 students came from schools across the state

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – High school students learned firsthand how state government works, from participating in committee hearings to passing mock bills into law.

Student Government Day gives high schoolers the chance to play the role of a state Senator or Representative, and go through the law making process. Students also learned about the state judiciary process from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

More than 300 students went to the State House from schools across the state, including Chicopee High School, Pioneer Valley Regional School, and SABIS International Charter School in Springfield.

Two Springfield students, Oriana Siphanoum and Trevaughn Smith, hope more young people like them will become engaged in politics to serve as voices for their communities.

Siphanoum told 22News, “These decisions help impact our daily lives in our communities, our state, and even our nation.”

Smith noted, “This younger generation should be well versed in how to get themselves involved into politics and the system to get legislation passed.”

Many students said that they plan to return to the State House in the future as an elected legislator.