Following three months of preparation, students from across the state attend this 3-day experiential learning program in which they serve as part of a model state government debating bills they and their peers have written. “This conference is a scaffold for leadership. Students defend their ideas with the assistance from past high school attendees on the first day, then travel to the capital and formally debate throughout the morning and into the early evening. This is done in the state assembly, senate and committee chambers. It’s a very rewarding experience for the members who attend!” said Mr. Gardner, who accompanied the students on the trip. These photos were taken at the Senate Chambers and during the presentation of the bill.