continued “Good government comes from many groups coming together,” Sayward said. “We need men and we need women.
The legislators talked to students about the steps in becoming a legislator, job descriptions, background, experience, committees and some of the bills that meant the most to them.
After the legislators spoke to the students ,LWV member Inge Sapp spoke about the importance of living in a free democracy by sharing her experience living as a Nazi Youth and later communist occupied West Germany. Sapp said growing up under both governments she was brainwashed twice and the experience of living under a free democracy shouldn’t be taken for granted.
“You must vote and you must exercise your rights in a free democracy,” Sapp said.
Two students from each area school were chosen as delegates to represent their school at the forum along with several alternates. Students came from Au Sable Valley, Beekmantown, Chazy, Crown Point, Keene, Moriah, North Eastern Clinton, Northern Adirondack, Peru, Plattsburgh, Saranac, Seton Catholic, Ticonderoga, Westport, and Willsboro High Schools.
Two students, Carly Moss from Beekmantown and Mike Denis of Peru were chosen by lottery to represent the North Country at Students Inside Albany in April. It will be an all-expense paid trip where the students will shadow one of the district's legislators for a day and watch the legislature at work for four days.
“I’m very excited to see into the world of politics in Albany and bring it back to everyone here,” Moss said.