July 25, 2014
High school students from across the Commonwealth are wrapping up a very special experience over at the University of Virginia.
The students are part of the High School Leaders Program at the university’s Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership.
It began on July 12th, and the students have spent the better part of the experience grappling with issues that face policy-makers and coming up with solutions.
On Friday they presented their solutions before a panel that included Va. State Delegate David Toscano.
Some students say they had no idea how Virginia was truly ran until now.
"It's really incredible to think about how much legislation impacts our daily lives and we don't even really realize it," said Jordan Arnold, Rockbridge Co. High School student.
"The biggest takeaway is just being able to learn further about Virginia's government and it's something that I was naïve about before I came here,” says Hadden Parrish, Fluvanna Co. High School student. “I was more interested in my local government or the federal government, but I hadn't necessarily looked at the state level."
In total, 28 students were part of the program.
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