Pavlov hosts summer reading contest winners at Michigan Capitol

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LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, on Thursday hosted the winners of his 2017 Be a Senator For a Day summer reading contest at the Michigan Capitol.

Ten students from Huron, Macomb, Sanilac and St. Clair counties traveled to Lansing with their parents to participate in a mock swearing-in ceremony and committee hearing and a guided Capitol tour.

“A love of reading provides a sure foundation for success in school and an enriched life,” Pavlov said. “By getting kids to read over the summer, this contest helps develop their skills. Thanks to all the libraries who participated in the 2017 Be a Senator For a Day contest.”

After taking their “oaths of office” in the Senate chamber and a tour of Michigan’s historic, 139-year-old Capitol, the “junior senators” vigorously debated the merits of a hypothetical bill to require uniforms in Michigan’s public schools in a mock committee hearing chaired by Pavlov.

The contest was held throughout the summer and was open to all first- through fifth-grade students who completed their local public library’s summer reading program in Huron, Sanilac and St. Clair counties and the communities of Richmond, Armada and New Baltimore in Macomb County.

Pavlov’s office received nearly 300 entries for the competition and randomly selected winners from each participating library.

The 2017 contest winners are:
• Nick Rujan, Bay Port
• Annie Bowman, Sebewaing
• Benjamin Cairns, Lexington
• Sawyer Kerr, Brown City
• Jacob Gormley, Croswell
• Payge Roskey, Melvin
• Wyatt Wallace, Burtchville Township
• Amelia Morgulec, St. Clair
• Emmanuella Beauchemin, New Baltimore
• Jack Ayers, Armada

Left photo caption: Winners of the 2017 Be a Senator For a Day summer reading contest participate in a mock swearing-in ceremony on the Senate floor in Lansing on Thursday. The contest was sponsored by Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township. The “junior senators” also participated in a committee hearing and a guided Capitol tour.

Right photo caption: Winners of the 2017 Be a Senator For a Day summer reading contest and their parents attend a mock committee hearing in a Senate hearing room in Lansing on Thursday. The contest was sponsored by Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township. The “junior senators” also participated in a swearing-in ceremony and a guided Capitol tour.

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