Monrovia students get taste of politics

first_imgThe Monrovia delegation was one of 20 statewide that received an award “for doing everything right,” said Oscar Ibarra, a Monrovia counselor and program adviser. Lindsey Throwe, 16, a junior, acted as a reporter. “I chose that because I’m a lazy writer and I wanted to do something challenging,” she said. Nathan Peterson, 18, a senior, played the role of an attorney to defend a client accused of sexual battery and kidnapping. He said they got their client exonerated by creating a shadow of doubt. Added Rachel Jamieson, 16, an 11th-grader: “It was a huge experience. I was impressed by how intelligent and passionate the students are. These are people who care and can work together. I think that’s pretty amazing for the future.” MONROVIA – More than a dozen Monrovia High School students participated in the 59th annual YMCA Youth and Government program earlier this month in Sacramento and got to meet Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The students, who succeeded in getting a mock water conservation bill passed, got to question the governor about his water conservation plans. Sam McAdams, 18, a senior, said the governor told him his own family is working to conserve water by taking shorter showers, and he is considering installing a timer on the shower. McAdams said the trip showed that his generation has the skills to solve problems like global warming, but didn’t awaken a desire in him to pursue politics as a profession. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4475 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more