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SPASH Student accepted into Senate Scholar Program

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The Wisconsin State Senate Scholar program is a prestigious internship that allows students to experience the work that senators complete on a typical day. Sophie Cegelski, a senior at Stevens Point Area Senior High School (SPASH) who was accepted into the program, participated in the five-day internship from February 10 through 15 in Madison, Wisconsin.

A total of 33 juniors and seniors in Wisconsin are accepted into the program. Acceptance is based on outstanding academics and experiences that demonstrate that the individual can handle tasks with a high level of responsibility.  

“We were given a topic to draft a bill on and then learned how to draft it like drafting attorneys do, which is very extensive and complicated, but we had plenty of people there to help us,” Cegelski said when explaining part of what she did.

Students were put into groups and had to draft a bill that later in the week would possibly be selected to debate on the Senate floor. Cegelski’s bill was on the topic of tattooing minors and was the bill that was chosen to be debated.

Senator Patrick Testin and Sophie Cegelski

Cegelski met Ted Blazel, the Wisconsin Senate Sergeant in Arms, Senator Patrick Testin, who she was a Senate messenger for, and Governor Tony Evers.

Students in the internship learned what roles journalists and reporters do while working with the Senate. The Legislative Reference Bureau, the Capitol, the state assembly, and the governor’s mansion were all explored during the week.

While at the capitol building, the students got to tour the dome of the building, which is located under the Wisconsin statue.
“Being up that high was a little frightening, but it was a very cool view to see the city from that height. I am glad that we were allowed to tour the dome because not everyone is allowed to do that,” Cegelski said.

When learning about the role that media plays in the government, students attended a media round table, where a variety of media personnel enlightened the students of their jobs. Employees at Wisconsin I, the Wisconsin government broadcast website, informed students of the many jobs that Wisconsin I offers.  

Cegelski and Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers

While touring the executive residence, Cegelski met Governor Evers and got to shake his hand.

“It was very cool, something I will never forget,” Cegelski said about meeting the governor.

Along with meeting government officials and sitting in a Senate session, students participate in extra activities such as going to the movie theater, sporting events, and other cultural events that happen during the week-long internship.

This internship is recommended to students who are considering going to a university for anything related to government or political science. To learn more about the Senate Scholar Program and see the application requirements, go to .


4 Responses to “SPASH Student accepted into Senate Scholar Program”

  1. Ariana Sotelo on February 28th, 2019 2:29 PM

    You wrote this article really well and I enjoyed the topic of it quite a lot also! I didn’t know much about what happened but very interesting! I think that meeting Tony Evers would have been very cool and I’m glad Sophie had the chance to participate in something so eye-opening.

  2. Tigist on February 28th, 2019 2:42 PM

    The article is well written. You explained Sofia’s experience thoroughly and in depth. The facts and information you had to write the article seems quite a lot. Very interesting to read.

  3. Liam Glennon on February 28th, 2019 2:42 PM

    Really well composed article. The pictures were great too. I had no idea about this internship until I saw pictures on Sophie’s facebook.

  4. Nick Peotter on February 28th, 2019 2:44 PM

    I’m real jealous. I’ve always wanted to go up in the dome and look at all there is to see from up there. Seeing the big guy is pretty cool too, but he’s temporary, the dome is forever. Great job writing the article, it’s good to see SPASH students doing big things.

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