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High School Students Get Taste of State Government During Senatorial Seminar

College President Davie Jane Gilmour welcomes students to the Field House U.S. Rep. Tom Marino offers counsel during students' legislative deliberation Students opposed to junior-licensing legislation caucus prior to debatePenn College welcomed 250 high school students from the 23rd Senatorial District’s five counties Thursday, as state Sen. Gene Yaw held his annual Student Government Seminar on campus. The full-day event, begun 26 years ago by Yaw’s predecessor, state Sen. Roger A. Madigan, provides students with an in-depth look at state government, as well as an opportunity to examine important issues and interact with local, state and federal elected officials; members of Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration; community leaders; representatives of the legal, medical, environmental and transportation sectors; lobbyists and the media. Among their breakout sessions in the Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center, students debated Senate Bill 635 which would limit the number of passengers that a junior driver may have in the vehicle and prohibit young motorists from using a cellphone in any capacity. Students also participated in a mock legislative session and had access to representatives of the college’s eight academic schools, and one future Penn College student in attendance was selected for the Peggy Madigan Memorial Leadership Scholarship.