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Angelena Goes to Albany
Susquehanna Valley High School junior Angelena Mead has been selected to participate in the Students Inside Albany Conference to be held May 21-24, 2023. The conference is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New York State Education Foundation Inc. 

Angelena is a consistent Honor Roll student, and is actively involved in her school. She participates in National Honor Society, Spirit Club, French Club, and Mock Trial. She has also participated in a variety of sports: basketball, cross country, and track. She also volunteers for a monthly food drive. Angelena is currently enrolled in the BOCES Criminal Justice Program. She plans to go to college and major in criminal justice with the ultimate goal of earning a Ph.D. in Psychology and Criminology.

"I am excited to attend the Students Inside Albany Conference to learn more about the state government before I can legally start voting," Angelena said. "I hope the conference will teach me how to properly vote for officials who will implement public policy based on empathy. Also, I would like to receive a better understanding of the laws and the reasons behind them." 

The Students Inside Albany Conference is designed to increase high school students' awareness of their responsibility in our representative government. The students will participate in a series of activities, including interactive lectures on the state budget process, the role of lobbyists, citizens' rights, the part media play in politics, etc. They will also spend part of their time in Albany shadowing their elected officials.