Harwich seniors participate in 66th annual Student Government Day in Boston

Alison Donovan and Tyler Nickerson spend the day at the State House
Alison Donovan, State Senator Dan Wolf and Tyler Nickerson at the State House in Boston on April 5. Photo courtesy of Harwich High School

Last Friday, Alison Donovan and Tyler Nickerson spent the day on Beacon Hill for the 66th annual Student Government Day. The day gives students the opportunity to become a part of our state's legislative process. Donovan and Nickerson, both seniors at Harwich High School, were chosen by their fellow students to represent the Lower Cape school.

Student Government Day was started in 1947 and is held each year on the first Friday of April.

The day was spent with other private and public students from the Commonwealth participating in mock legislative hearings on cell phone use and driving and compulsory school attendance. Students took on the roles of the legislators, even governor.

During a reenactment of the Goodridge v. the Department of Public Health  Supreme Court hearing, Tyler, according to a release from HHS, donned a robe and served as a judge while Alison served as an advocate for Goodridge. 

Participating students met with court clerks and heard from Governor Deval Patrick, Lt. Governor Tim Murray and Secretary of Education Matthew H. Malone.

Alison and Tyler finished off their day with a pizza lunch hosted by State Senator Dan Wolf and his staff. 

Read the governor's address to the students here.


(Tyler Nickerson and Alison Donovan in the State House on Student Government Day. HHS photo.)


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