High School girls attend "First Amendment First Vote" seminar

High School girls attend "First Amendment First Vote" seminar
Posted on 03/15/2019
Girls at seminarOn March 13, 2019, 10 Lackawanna High School female students attended the "First Amendment First Vote" seminar held at the Buffalo History Museum.

The girls were introduced to a deeper understanding of what it means to be a woman in society today, understanding the sacrifices made by the women that came before them, and how to be more involved and change the political landscape for women today. The girls were introduced to various individuals who hold positions of power, including the following leaders:

● Karen King: Executive Director of the Commission on the Status of Women

● Marc Polancarz: Erie County Executive

● Angela Marinucci: Special Assistant to Erie County Commissioner of Personnel

● Katie Burd: Trustee for the Village of Kenmore

● April Baskin: Erie County Legislature, Majority Leader 

● Jennifer Hibet: Chief of Staff to the Erie County Executive 

The girls began creating an action plan to bring back to their communities with the commitment to be an active participant in their future endeavors. They had the opportunity to enjoy a round robin session with these individuals followed by an open question forum.

Social Studies Teacher Joe Dececco stated he was very proud of the way the students carried themselves. Mr. Dececco would like to thank Mrs. Biastre, High School Principal, and Mr. Lyons, High School Assistant Principal, for being supportive in giving these girls an opportunity to branch out of their comfort zone and gain a valuable experience.

Pictured, from left to right: top row -- Starasia Peals, Kayla Martin, Jessica Williams, Carrie Bellaus, Katherine McConnell, Cora Barret, Joanna Gaff, Daysa Cruz; bottom row -- Jayala Davis, Justice Reumann.

Girls at seminar
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