Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Roma H.S. Students Visit Texas Capitol

AUSTIN --- On Friday, Nov. 18, State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Starr County) provided an in-depth walk-through of the state legislative process to more than 80 high school students from South and East Texas. The students traveled to the Texas Capitol from high schools in Duval, Starr, Zapata, Webb, Wood, and Harrison Counties to take part in the 8th annual Student Legislative Session.

The event, founded by State Reps. Ryan Guillen (District 31) and Bryan Hughes (District 5), provided the students with detailed insight on how the legislative process happens and the common duties of state lawmakers.

"It's always gratifying for me to share with students how our state legislature operates," said Rep. Guillen.  "I hope this experience will encourage our students to become more involved in their communities, state, and nation."

During the event, the students had the opportunity to listen to the inspiring and informative words of Texas House Parliamentarian Chris Griesel, Texas House Committee Coordinator Stacey Nicchio, and Rich Parsons, Communications Director for Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade.

In addition, the students, along with their sponsors, had the chance to take an official tour of the Capitol and participate in a comprehensive mock legislative debate in the Texas House Chamber while sitting in the actual seats of Texas House members. The bills discussed ranged from the topics of public education to healthcare to transportation.

"I hope that the knowledge our students learned inspires them to continue to apply themselves in college and beyond," said Rep. Guillen.

(Roma High School - from left to right: teacher Edgar Castellano; future legislators Jesus De La O, Robert Meza, Dulce Maria Gonzalez; and teacher Chastity Cervantes)

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