[r88] Exchange Students Visit Rep. Bosma at Statehouse (3/5/2009)

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Start Date: 3/5/2009 All Day
End Date: 3/5/2009

(STATEHOUSE) - Sixteen exchange students representing 10 countries were able to see the legislative process first-hand Feb. 24 as they served as pages for Republican Leader Brian Bosma.

Countries represented were Brazil, China, Germany, Ghana, Greenland, Honduras, Italy, Malaysia, Philippines and Spain.

"I enjoyed having them here," Rep. Bosma said. "Our daughter traveled to Panama with American Field Service International, and had a great experience working in a remote, rural elementary school. Positive exchange with foreign students is crucial to our state and our nation's economic future."

They saw plenty of activity in the House as that day was the second-reading deadlines for bills under consideration.

"Seeing how the whole process works in real life was interesting, especially after we acted out the legislative process in class," said Josep Pont Serra, an exchange student from Spain.

"I like how anyone can come in and watch them pass bills and debate." said Amos Odonkor, a student from Ghana. "It was good that you can see how each legislator votes. You can hold them accountable that way."

"Students our age need to come and observe this. It impacts our futures, and helps us want to aim for more," said Carola Chiarpenello, who is from Italy.