State Senator Bryan Simonaire hosted Katelyn Kilgore from Chesapeake Bay Middle School, Bridgette Myers from George Fox Middle School, and Perla Ramirez-Lopez from Marley Middle School, all winners of the Senator for a Day essay contest. Students were challenged to write an essay about what they would do if they were a senator for a day.
Simonaire opened up the contest to all four of the middle schools in District 31: Brooklyn Park, Chesapeake Bay, George Fox and Marley. He selected one winner from each school.
The students’ essays targeted big issues facing Maryland, ranging from offering solutions to assist our veterans integrating back into society, to combating homelessness, and to protecting the beloved Chesapeake Bay by offering harsher penalties for illegally harvesting oysters.
Katelyn, Bridgette and Perla all toured buildings in the state complex, were seated on the senate floor during the morning session, and briefly attended the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee bill hearings.
Simonaire started the essay contest several years ago as a way to encourage local students to play an active role in government and believes that goal is being accomplished.
“I was impressed, not only with their essays, but with the students’ interest in the legislature and knowledge about current events impacting Maryland,” he said.