| RON THORNBURGH
Secretary of State
STATE OF KANSAS
|Memorial Hall, 1st Floor
120 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1594
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, October 1, 2003
Jesse Borjon, Communications Director
Office of the Secretary of State
35 KANSAS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
TO PARTICIPATE IN CAPITOL ASSEMBLY
Topeka, KS Thirty-five high school students from across Kansas will
attend the Kids Voting Kansas Capitol Assembly on Thursday, October 3, 2003,
at 12:00 p.m., in the State Capitol Building.
Kansas students have always told me, dont just teach me
about democracy, let me get involved, Thornburgh said. The
Capitol Assembly is a great opportunity for students to experience our system
of democracy and instill in them a responsibility for its future.
Students will participate in a day of presentations, meetings, and workshops
where they will learn how to become involved in Kansas State government. They
will hear from a number of speakers, including Shawnee County Election Officer
Elizabeth Ensley, who will speak on the election process. Representative Paul
Davis will speak to the group about the legislative process and Judge G. Joseph
Pierron, the judicial process. The students will also participate in a group
activity that demonstrates how they can help their local Kids Voting Kansas
The annual event is coordinated and facilitated by the Kids Voting Kansas
board. Since 1993, students have been brought together to discuss issues of
relevance to them in their schools, communities, and state.
Kids Voting Kansas mission is to increase lifelong voter participation
by educating elementary and secondary students in Kansas about the rights, responsibilities,
and process of participating in American democracy.