Everett High School students Renzo Berrios and Matthew Chase participated in the 68th annual Student Government Day at the State House in Boston. This program encourages students to learn about state government, become active citizens, and develop an understanding of the rights and responsibilities we share in a Democracy. Through this program, students collaborated and expressed their positions on important current issues through prepared debates with their peers from around the state.
Berrios and Chase participated in a simulated public hearing involving two currently proposed bills in the legislature — one about mandatory physical education for all students in grades K through 12, the second concerning the creation of a new high school diploma. After the hearing, students were greeted by the Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, Secretary of Education James Peyser, and the Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Mitchell Chester.
Berrios, who will be attending Brandeis University, and Chase, who will be joining the U.S. Navy, also had the pleasure of meeting Everett’s State Representative, Joseph McGonagle, and former Everett Mayor John Hanlon.
Both students did an outstanding job and enjoyed their experience at the State House.