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California State University, Sacramento

Posted: March 23, 2000

High School Students To Quiz Officials on the Census

Nine high school students from around the state will question state officials about the census at a student-run press conference 10 a.m., Tuesday March 21 at the State Capitol room 1190.

The event is part of a daylong Student Journalism Summit presented by the LegiSchool Project, an educational collaboration between California State University, Sacramento and the State Legislature. LegiSchool promotes dialogue, critical thinking and participation in government among high school students.

Student participants include Farzana Ali from Coalinga High, Myla Bagano from St. Joseph High in Lakewood, Kristen Craib from Foothill High in Santa Ana, Stephen Jackson and Matt Reents from Rio Americano High in Sacramento, Paul Nurre and Nickolas Sifuentes from Upland High, Stella Treas from University High in Irvine and Bryan Wong from University High in San Francisco.

The students were chosen in a statewide essay contest in which they were asked to write about the census, especially as it relates to education, healthcare, the infrastructure and reapportionment in California.

Policymakers from the Legislature and the California Complete Count Committee will be on the panel. More than 100 classes from around the state will either watch the press conference live on the California Channel or view it on videotape at a later time. Virginia Kidd, a professor of communication studies at CSUS, will moderate the meeting.

More information is available by contacting LegiSchool Project Coordinator Kolleen Ostgaard at (916) 278-6906.


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