State Senator James Seward recently welcomed four high school students from the 51st district to Albany for the 18th annual Students Inside Albany conference, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New York State Education.
Among those four were two Cortland County students: Andrew Cihocki from Cincinnatus and Santana Deckard from McGraw.
The students shadowed Senator Seward for an afternoon, spending time on the floor of the New York State Senate during the day’s legislative session and learning the inner workings of state government.
Students Inside Albany is a program designed to increase high school students’ awareness of their responsibility in a representative government and provide the tools necessary for meeting that responsibility.
Cihocki, Deckard, Johnson, and Kennell along with other students from around New York took part in the interactive, multi-day conference.
“The Capitol is a living, breathing classroom and I am pleased to take part in this unique program. Offering students an inside glimpse at state government is a wonderful way to spark their interest in public service.
The learning experience with the shadow students is a two-way street. Along with providing our future leaders with a better understanding of state government policy, it’s a great opportunity for me to find out what’s on their minds. I want to be sure we are taking steps at the state level to help our next generation thrive here in New York.
As a member of both the senate education committee and the senate higher education committee, the ideas students offer are extremely helpful.”