RON THORNBURGH
Secretary of State

STATE OF KANSAS
Memorial Hall, 1st Floor
120 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1594
(785) 296-4564
www.kssos.org


NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, October 1, 2003

Contact Information
Jesse Borjon, Communications Director
Office of the Secretary of State
(785) 296-4580
jesseb@kssos.org

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, ‘don’t 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 program.

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.

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