St. Theresa eighth-graders visit Youth Legislature program

Photo provided by Janis Ament -- Attending the recent Youth Legislature are St. Theresa Middle School students, first row from left, Jeremy Sapia, Lauren LeBourgeois, Evelyn Hinojosa, Cameron White, Pierce Brown, Peyton Babin and Juliana Habisreitinger; second row, Taylor Empson, Matthew Tortorich, Grant Alonzo, Kennedie Bordelon, Madeline Lato and Charles Davis; and third row, Jacob Decoteau, Brandon Foncree, Hannah Poirrier, Allison Waguespack, Kami Robinson and Gino Sclafani.
Photo provided by Janis Ament -- Attending the recent Youth Legislature are St. Theresa Middle School students, first row from left, Jeremy Sapia, Lauren LeBourgeois, Evelyn Hinojosa, Cameron White, Pierce Brown, Peyton Babin and Juliana Habisreitinger; second row, Taylor Empson, Matthew Tortorich, Grant Alonzo, Kennedie Bordelon, Madeline Lato and Charles Davis; and third row, Jacob Decoteau, Brandon Foncree, Hannah Poirrier, Allison Waguespack, Kami Robinson and Gino Sclafani.

St. Theresa Middle School eighth-graders attended the Youth Legislature hosted by the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge.

Youth Legislature is a program that introduces students to the legislative process, allowing students to run for office and write and sponsor their own bills.

Along with classroom instruction with Aimee Burruss, the students participated with other area schools in the two-day mock legislative session held at the Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge.

The students were encouraged to run for governor and offices in the House of Representatives and Senate.

St. Theresa Middle student Allison Waguespack was elected president of the Senate.

All students debated and voted on bills which were drafted by fellow legislators.

Sponsoring successful legislation were students Madeline Lato, Trisha Hodges, Kennedie Bordelon, Gino Sclafani, Evelyn Hinojosa, Lauren LeBourgeois, Jacob Decoteau, Jeremy Sapia, Taylor Empson, Brandon Foncre, Peyton Babin, Cameron White, Pierce Brown, Hannah Poirrier, Grant Alonzo and Matthew Tortorich.