Western Mass Students Gather for 68th Annual Student Government Day

State Senator Eric P. Lesser greeted students participating in the 68th Annual Student Government Day (SGD), held today at the State House.

“I am inspired by this group of talented, impassioned young leaders,” Lesser said. “Each of them has something special to contribute, and I hope this event encourages them to consider pursuing a career in public service.”

This year’s event was attended by 413 students, including 15 from the 1st Hampden and Hampshire District. Participants conducted simulations of committee hearings and legislative sessions, and debated two House bills, HB.322, “An Act to establish a new high school diploma,” and HB.367, “An Act for mandatory Physical Education for all students grades K-12.”

Many participants took on the role of state senators and representatives, while others represented justices of the Supreme Judicial Court, constitutional officers, and the Lieutenant Governor.

Each year on election day, high schools across the Commonwealth elect a student designee and alternate that will participate in the coming year’s Student Government Day.

This year's SGD participants from the First Hampden and Hampshire district are listed below:


Belchertown High School

Benjamin Stone

Alison Laughner

Chicopee Comprehensive High School

Briana O’Connell

Morin Kyleigh

Granby Junior Senior High School

Jillian Harrington

Joseph Mercier

Longmeadow High School

Madeleine Aseltine

Ludlow High School

Elizabeth Skaza

Nicholas St. Pierre

Minnechaug Regional High School

Viviana Angel

Emma Tynan

Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School

Todd Morehouse

Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School

William Maldonado

SABIS International Charter School

Brian LaValley

Catherine Lupien*

*Assigned as Senator Eric Lesser

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