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MADISON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen met this week with young leaders from around Wisconsin who are participating in week one of this year's Senate Scholars Program.
"Today I am reminded, again, why protecting and encouraging our children and young adults is so important. I am inspired by their energy and interest." Attorney General Van Hollen said.
Attorney General Van Hollen visited with the group and answered questions related to the Department of Justice's work and his personal experience in public service.
Van Hollen told the group, "You've been selected as leaders to experience, from the inside out, how our democracy and government works. I am pleased to have you visit the Department of Justice and learn about our important role in public safety and the law."
The Senate Scholars Program is a week long educational program offered through the Wisconsin State Senate. Only 33 students from around Wisconsin are picked for the highly competitive youth-leadership-in-government program. Senate Scholars gain experience in areas such as public policy development, the Wisconsin legislative process, constituent relations and have a chance to see how Wisconsin government works up close and personal by working with Senators, legislative staff and faculty of the University of Wisconsin.
Senate Scholars engage in a variety of activities throughout the week, including participating in mock legislative activities such as bill drafting, policy analysis and lobbying. A highlight of the week is lunch at Wisconsin's Executive Residence.
The students participating in the first session of the Senate Scholars Program are:
Senate Scholar Hometown
Erin Baumann Mequon
Lindsey Berg Waukesha
Tyler Coppens Niagara
Anthony DaBruzzi Comstock
Andy Glazner Mosinee
Zack Henderson Marshall
Nicole Lewis Fontana
Kutay Muslu Platteville
Mitchell Pignotti White Fish Bay
Valerie Rucinski Rice Lake
Matt Steinmetz Boyd
Mikey Turner Reedsburg
Additional information on the Senate Scholar Program is available at