SHS Senior Jane Strawderman is one of 56 Mississippi students to serve in the inaugural class of student ambassadors for Mississippi Secretary of State Michael Watson.
Secretary of State Michael Watson welcomed students to the Mississippi Capitol on Tuesday where they participated in various sessions throughout the day with Secretary Watson and Secretary of State representatives.
"Our first session with the inaugural class of Student Ambassadors was a tremendous success! We are thrilled to have such an active group of young leaders engaged in state government and the elections process," said Secretary Michael Watson. "Through this program, we hope to offer an inside look at elections in Mississippi, how state government works, an overview of different career fields, and ultimately serve as mentors to tomorrow's leaders.”
Students received an overview of the Secretary of State's Office, elections in Mississippi (including volunteer training), and careers in conservation. They also visited with Secretary Watson and participated in an in-depth tour of the Capitol.
Ambassadors will return in January for the second summit geared toward the study of Mississippi's legislative process. They will also receive training on how to successfully organize and facilitate a voter registration drive on their school campus during the spring semester.
The program consists of 56 students from 44 schools in 28 counties across all four congressional districts and is designed to equip high school seniors with the knowledge and resources to engage as leaders within their schools and communities.