LHS senior Michael Baker has just returned from Washington D.C. where he represented Lamphere High
School and the State of Michigan at the Civics Renewal Network Conference and met with Michigan lawmakers Representative Sander Levin and Senator Carl Levin.
Each year Nichole Bontomasi's Current Issues class at Lamphere High School completes a public policy project which is completely student led. The project for last school year was "No Child Left Behind - Pathways For Us All". "My class drafted a way for students with career aspirations in trade and vocations to better meet their goals while still receiving credit," said Bontomasi. "The project was so successful that it was selected by the Civics Renewal Network to represent Michigan this past week in Washington D.C."
Senior Michael Baker was one of the project leaders and was selected to present the LHS proposal at the Civics Renewal Conference."Michael and I met with Representative Sander Levin and Senator Carl Levin and he presented the project beautifully. Our lawmakers were very impressed with Michael and the project," said Bontomasi.
While only one student was able to take the trip to Washington D.C. the entire team was responsible for its success. The remaining team members are: Jaleesa Titus (co-team leader), Joshua Lonsdale-Verbiest, Lunden Martineau, Shannon Mohan, Dan Podina, Jessica Powandra and Alex DeJaeghere.
During his time in Washington D.C. Baker also participated in the Preamble Challenge in front of the Capitol. " Thank you Civics Renewal Network, this was the most amazing experience we could have had," said Bontomasi. "Nothing feels better than one of my students saying, "This was life changing"." Topping off the experience was a comment from Representative Levin to Baker "You have a great district and you are very lucky to be a part of it."
We've posted a few photos from the conference, please be sure to check them out.
For more information about the Civics Renewal Network, visit: http://www.civicsrenewalnetwork.org/