Courtesy of San Benito High School:
San Benito High School students Railyn King and Savanna Souza are two of just 75 individuals selected to take part in California FFA’s capstone leadership development and personal growth conference.
This conference is an opportunity that few high school students ever get to experience. SLE (Sacramento Leadership Experience) consists of both a Senate and an Assembly, forming a bicameral model legislature (senator and assembly roles were assigned randomly; districts were assigned opposite of the students ZIP code).
At SLE, students learn about issues that directly impact the future of agricultural education and agriculture itself in California, discuss and debate the issues, both from their own research, as well as from the perspective of those whose district they represent, and conclude by conducting mock legislation that is developed during this conference on the floor of the Legislature.
Railyn is a Senator from the 32nd District, sponsoring the Food Waste Reduction Bill. Savanna is an Assembly member from the 59th District, and is the author of the Animal Rights Fur Products Prohibition. With this experience, comes great responsibility. This conference requires serious commitment. Students are expected to conduct research prior to the conference, be deeply involved in activities that require critical thinking and analytical skills during the event, and continue to advocate for agriculture and education beyond SLE.