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Students attend National Legislative Summit

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Students attend National Legislative Summit

By Lori Dugan

Thatcher, AZ—Four Eastern Arizona College students represented the College at the National Community College Legislative Summit in Washington, D.C., from February 14–16. The summit is held annually to identify major issues facing community colleges and to give students an opportunity to visit with legislators about those issues.

Adam Hall and Kaylene Palmer, Associated Students of EAC (ASEAC) student body officers, and Ibiza Delcid and Jerryd Kieffer, Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) honor society officers, were chosen as representatives for the conference this year. During their time in Washington, D.C., they were able to meet with Representative Paul Gosar and with Jim Swift, a legislative correspondent from Senator Kyl’s office, to discuss the importance of continued funding for Pell Grant programs, Carl Perkins Grant programs, and Workforce Investment Act programs. They were also able to update legislators about EAC and to remind them of the important role and function EAC plays in our community.

“These students were able to see the national legislature in action and came away with an appreciation of what it takes to keep our country moving,” said Randy Skinner, EAC dean and escort for the summit.

Adam Hall, student body president at EAC said, “This was a moving experience. I’ve never been interested in politics, but now I see the importance of getting involved.”

Hall shares his birthday with a famous American: Abraham Lincoln. “I guess my favorite part of the sightseeing end of the trip was spending time at the Lincoln Memorial and taking time to read and reflect on the words of the Gettysburg Address. I just came away from it with a sense of the sacrifices made by those who came before us.”

Hall was also impressed by some of the people who are in office now, including Representative Gosar and Mr. Swift from John Kyl’s office. “I’m surprised by the volume of work they handle every day and the many demands that split their attention,” said Hall. “But it really seemed like they were interested in what we had to say to them and were grateful for input from actual students who are navigating the college experience right now.”