Among the highlights for the students was a swearing-in ceremony on the House floor, a tour of the Capitol building and participation in a mock committee hearing.
“I liked everything,” Maddie said. “Did you know we voted on the state dessert? It’s now pie with ice cream.”
Students and parents from across the state came to learn about the legislative process and take part in the daily activities of a state representative. Selection was based on a summer reading contest, where students would submit special bookmarks to lawmaker offices and local libraries.
“These students worked hard all summer for this opportunity,” Runestad said. “It is important for students to continue to develop their reading and educational skills year around. Visiting the Capitol shows students what they can accomplish if they continue to work hard in school.”
Maddie’s favorite things is to read and her mother said she literally reads a stack of books a day.