Pavlov hosts summer reading contest winners at Michigan Capitol

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, on Thursday hosted the winners of his 2015 Be a Senator For a Day summer reading contest at the Michigan Capitol.

Thirteen students from Huron, Macomb, Sanilac and St. Clair counties traveled to Lansing with their parents to participate in a mock swearing-in ceremony and committee hearing and a guided Capitol tour.

“Children who develop a love for reading do better in school and are more successful later in life,” Pavlov said. “Our local libraries are helping instill this appreciation for reading among the 2015 Be a Senator For a Day winners. It was great fun hosting these students today.”

After taking their “oaths of office” in the Senate chamber and a tour of Michigan’s historic, 137-year-old Capitol, the “junior senators” vigorously debated the merits of a hypothetical bill to require uniforms in Michigan’s public schools in a mock committee hearing chaired by Pavlov.

The contest was held throughout the summer and was open to all first- through fifth-grade students who completed their local public library’s summer reading program in Huron, Sanilac and St. Clair counties and the communities of Richmond, Armada and New Baltimore in Macomb County.

Pavlov’s office received nearly 300 entries for the competition and randomly selected winners from each participating library.

The 2015 contest winners are:
•    Jillian Bussone, fourth grade, home school
•    Avery Cutcher, fifth grade, Brown City Elementary
•    Jack Davis, fourth grade, Krause Elementary
•    Nathan Flanagan, fourth grade, Sandusky Elementary
•    Troy Livingston, fifth grade, Croswell-Lexington Schools
•    Evan Martin, fourth grade, Palms Elementary
•    Lane Morris, fourth grade, Yale Elementary
•    Gabrielle Nelson, fifth grade, Kimball
•    Ava Norman, fifth grade, home school
•    Raven Peplinski, third grade, Bad Axe Elementary
•    Isaac Powell, fifth grade, home school
•    Hallie Smith, fifth grade, home school
•    Kya Vettraino, fifth grade, Palms Elementary
•    Kyle Wetter, fifth grade, Capac Elementary
•    Austin Wilson, fourth grade, Belle River Elementary
•    Maria Zyjewski, fifth grade, Eddy Academy

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