Braintree– Archbishop Williams Junior Class President Nick Neville of Braintree and Vice President Ryan Wallace of Holbrook represented AWHS at Massachusetts Student Government Day, held at the State House on Friday, April 5, 2013.
Nick had the privilege of serving as this year's student Secretary of State, with Ryan as his alternate.
"At Archbishop Williams Christian service is highly valued and rewarded so it was impressive to see the same commitment from our public officers," said Ryan. "Although the jobs have become more complex over time, it is clear that it is each officer's commitment to public service that allows him or her to excel in these positions."
"Viewing the efficiency of government at the state level has made me realize things are not always as portrayed by media outlets," said Ryan. "It was inspiring to see government officials working together and treating each other with respect."
The student legislature consisted of reps from high schools all over MA. The students had the opportunity to debate and propose legislation on topics such as increasing the mandatory school attendance age to 18.
"This has impacted my perspective on politics because it has shown me that politicians are real people with real stories and a desire to help each citizen," said Nick. "That is a great thing to see."
As members of the student executive branch, Nick, Ryan and eight other students were brought to the Senate Reading Room. There State Auditor Suzanne Bump, State Treasurer Steve Grossman, Attorney General Martha Coakley, and Secretary of State Bill Galvin addressed the students. Indeed, Secretary Galvin was gracious enough to give Nick and Ryan studnt certificates and pose for a professional photograph.
AHWS Social Studies teacher Ms. Meaghan Roach commented, "Nick and Ryan did a wonderful job representing Archbishop Williams and participating in the day's discussions."
"I am grateful to Archbishop Williams for providing the opportunity to attend Massachusetts Student Government Day. Doing so helped me appreciate the complexity and importance of state government while being inspired by the intelligance and dedication of our state officers," said Ryan. "I will strive to bring the same intelligence and dedication to the job I do as a student officer."