CHS senior takes part in legislative shadowing project

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Great experience Skylar Lowe, Cassville High School senior, had the opportunity to shadow Representative Scott Fitzpatrick during the FCCLA Legislative Shadowing Project in Jefferson City on Feb. 20. The event is sponsored by the Missouri FCCLA. Pictured above, from left, are: Fitzpatrick and Lowe.

Cassville High School senior Skylar Lowe participated in the FCCLA Legislative Shadowing Project in Jefferson City on Feb. 20. CHS FCCLA advisor Samantha Cosper accompanied Lowe on the trip.

Sponsored by the Missouri FCCLA, the program provides an opportunity for junior and senior high school students to spend a day with their state representative, senator or other public official at the State Capitol. The students observe hearings, meetings and other public duties.

Lowe had the opportunity to shadow newly elected Representative Scott Fitzpatrick, who took the student on a personal tour that included stops in the famous "Whisper Room" and the beautiful view from the top of the dome. Fitzpatrick also introduced Lowe as a special guest on the floor of the House and showed her the behind the scenes process of how a bill becomes law.

"In school we read about how a bill becomes a law in government class, but I was given the opportunity to experience it first-hand," said Lowe. "There are many experiences from my day at the State Capitol that I will not soon forget.

"I was fortunate to be paired with Representative Fitzpatrick for my shadowing experience," continued Lowe. "He is a wonderful person to spend time with and a former CHS graduate. He does a wonderful job in Jefferson City and represents our community well."

The Legislative Shadowing Project, now in its 13th year, is conducted by Missouri FCCLA, the Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) for family consumer sciences education. A dinner banquet, sponsored by The Missouri Bar, was held for participants on Feb. 19.

The Legislative Shadowing Project allows students to connect their interests in law, public service, civic issues and the political process with their education. The event is designed to help students develop a better understanding of the political process and its impact on citizens.

FCCLA attempts to match students with officials from their local school districts wherever possible. The students prepare for the event by becoming familiar with their official's responsibilities and current issues.

FCCLA is a nonprofit student organization for young men and women in sixth through 12th grade family consumer sciences education. Missouri FCCLA has more than 11,500 members in 353 local chapters, making it the fifth-largest FCCLA state association in the nation.

Lowe was one of 60 Missouri FCCLA members chosen to participate in the Legislative Shadowing Project.

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