On November 16th and 17th 47 Winona Senior High School and Winona Middle School students came together with students from Austin, Rushford, Cotter and Winona State for the 55th Annual Winona Model Legislature. During the event students participated in a mock version of the Minnesota State Legislature.
Students were joined by Secretary of State Steve Simon for the opening ceremonies and were sworn in by Secretary Simon and then elected a Governor, Lt. Governor, Speaker of the House, and President Pro Tempore of the Senate.
WSHS student's Noah Schultz and Stephen Shaw was elected Speaker of the House and President Pro Tempore of the Senate for 2017.
Students learned firsthand how a bill becomes a law in the state of Minnesota. Over the course of the 2-day event, students participated in committees, debated over bills, had house and senate floor debates and presented their own bills to committees just like Legislators do in St. Paul.
Their goal was to get their bills through the committees, then go through approval of both the House and Senate floors, just to make it to the Governor's desk for approval.