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 2016 Be a Senator For a Day summer reading contest at the Michigan Capitol.

Eight 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.

“Developing a love of reading at a young age increases the chances a student will succeed in school and later in life,” Pavlov said. “This reading contest helps foster such an appreciation. I am thankful to our local libraries for helping instill this love among the 2016 Be a Senator For a Day winners.”

After taking their “oaths of office” in the Senate chamber and a tour of Michigan’s historic, 138-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 2016 contest winners are:
•    Brianna Bielat, New Baltimore
•    David Carlson, Peck
•    Abigail Gander, Burtchville
•    Matthew Kubacki, Bad Axe
•    Collin Moroschan, Algonac
•    Logan Roskey, Melvin
•    Keegan Warczinsky, Snover
•    Roman Ward, Kimball

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