State Rep. Julie Calley welcomed seven students and their families to the Capitol to be junior representatives for a day and experience the life of a Michigan state representative.
Local students entered the contest by reading books over the summer, filling out a bookmark with their name and the list of books that they read, and returning it to their local library. During their day in Lansing, the students took an oath of office and learned about the responsibilities of being a state representative, participated in a mock committee meeting, toured the Capitol and recorded a public service announcement.
“I am incredibly proud of these students and their focus on literacy,” Rep. Calley said. “I hope they inspire their peers to read more, as it is an essential foundation for success.”
“The junior representatives were extraordinary,” Calley continued. “Hosting them at the Capitol is one of my favorite days of the year.”
Fifth-grader Kaylee Williams, from Maplewood School, received special recognition for reading the most pages. She read 4,825 pages over the summer.
Twelve students won the contest, reading an astounding 160 books for a total of 13,155 pages.
- Darren Carpenter, a fourth-grader at Maplewood School, read 1,303 pages;
- Hudson Carpenter, a second-grader at Fuller Elementary School, read 377 pages;
- Morley Ketchum, a fourth-grade homeschool student from Lake Odessa, read 1,793 pages;
- Garrett Lucci, a fourth-grade homeschool student from Nashville, read 1,197 pages;
- Cheyenne Rogalski, a first-grader at Saranac Elementary School, read 1,815 pages;
- Jacob Rogalski, a second-grader at Saranac Elementary School, read 350 pages; and
- Kaylee Williams, a fifth-grader at Maplewood School, read 4,825 pages.
Unable to attend the day in Lansing were five students from Thornapple Kellogg school district.
Rep. Calley was honored to welcome this remarkable group of students and their families to the Capitol.