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Mount Students Attend Maryland Student Legislature

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India Roebuck, C'20, was elected to a leadership position at the 30th Annual Session of the Maryland Student Legislature. Roebuck was named as lieutenant governor of the “current council of state”—a group of students elected into leadership roles within the organization. The elected students take the titles of and act as their counterparts do within the General Assembly. Other Mount students participating in the program were Nia Brown, Miriam Crouse, Nia Grant, Johnathon Gravely, Melissa Marin, Richard Medina, Hanna Nilles and Delmont Ruiz.

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The Maryland Student Legislature, created at the University of Maryland in 1989, educates students from Maryland colleges and universities about the political process. The event fosters debate about complex issues facing the state and municipalities, and encourages Maryland’s young people to be politically active. At the sessions, students simulate the work and procedures of the Maryland General Assembly.

The event, held April 12-14 at the Maryland State House in Annapolis, featured keynote speaker Senator Sarah Elfreth, one of the youngest women to be elected to the Maryland State Senate. She shared with students her experience running for elected office and her work as a legislator. During this session, students debated proposed legislation regarding topics such as financial disclosure for presidential candidates and environmental regulations about plastic straws. “With the debates, we had to think fast. And learning the parliamentary procedures was a great experience, strengthening the skills I hope to utilize in my long-term career goals,” said Miriam Crouse, C’22. 

Conducting the session in the Maryland State House added to the real-world quality of the experience. Criminal justice and political science major Richard Medina, C’21, said, “I felt like I was living the life of a state representative, assisting with potential legislation, meeting people from around Maryland, and even being able to debate among my peers. My most memorable experience was passing our simulated bill among our student general body that will soon be on the desks of real state representatives for Maryland.”

The Mount students presented themselves with dignity and professionalism at the session. The Political Science Department hopes to grow the Mount delegation to the Maryland Student Legislature in the coming years.