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Student delegates selected

Katie Woltner, the Essex County student delegate picked to go to Albany this spring, shakes hands with the Plattsburgh League of Women Voters president Sally Sears-Mack as (from left) Betty Little, Janet Duprey and Dan Stec look on.

Katie Woltner, the Essex County student delegate picked to go to Albany this spring, shakes hands with the Plattsburgh League of Women Voters president Sally Sears-Mack as (from left) Betty Little, Janet Duprey and Dan Stec look on. Photo by Shaun Kittle.

— Two student delegates from the North Country were selected to attend the Students Inside Albany Conference from April 14-17.

The delegates, one from Clinton County and one from Essex County, will be Nate Casey of AuSable Valley Central School and Katie Woltner of Keene Central School.

Their alternates are Tegan Belrose of Beekmantown Central School and Corinne White of Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School.

The Plattsburgh League of Womens Voters sponsors one student for the all-expenses-paid conference and the Plattsburgh Sunrise Rotary and the North East Area Labor Council will provide the funding to sponsor the other student.

Katie Woltner’s history teacher picked her for the conference, and she won the thing!

Woltner is on her school’s green team and is in the process of helping to start a new environmental activist group called Unity Earth.

“A lot of what we’re doing right now is raising awareness on hydro fracking,” Woltner said. “We really don’t want to see it in New York State because we don’t think it’s a good practice.”

Her involvement with the group has made her more interested in how government works, and she said the Students Inside Albany Conference will help give her a window into that process.

The winners name’s were drawn from a basket at the end of the third-annual “Meet Your Legislators” event, sponsored by the Plattsburgh League of Women’s Voters and held at Peru High School on Saturday, Jan. 26.

Thirty three student delegates representing 15 North Country high schools were picked to attend the event, although some delegates were absent.

Participants gathered in the auditorium at the high school, which felt like a press conference as the students took turns asking New York State legislators questions.

Some of the questions were contentious, touching on topics like Governor Cuomo’s new gun control law, safety in schools and same sex marriage, while others explored issues, like whether or not increasing the power of the federal government is beneficial to the United States.

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