BOSTON (WWLP) — Hundreds of Massachusetts students participated in the
66th Annual Student Government Day.
22News spoke to a student to find out what it's like to be a western Massachusetts lawmaker.
Every year, Massachusetts
high schoolstudents take over the State House and form a mock student government to experience, "the process of government." Students are assigned to roles, such as
State Representative, or
Supreme Court Justice.
Peter Dubin drove 2.5 hours from the
Boston with his high school to play the role of Pittsfield Senator Benjamin Downing. 22News asked Peter if the experience encouraged him to be a politician one day.
A junior at
Taconic High School, Peter said, “Politician? That seems awesome. I'd love to do it. I mean this is so interesting; it was awesome to speak down on the other floor also, just doing it, it's a lot of fun.”
Students had a chance to
debate two actual bills filed in the State Legislature.
This year's topics were banning cell phone use while driving and requiring kids under the age of 18 to attend school.
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