Two Columbus high school journalism students will spend a day at the Statehouse as “Reporter for a Day” in Topeka on Thursday. Seniors Kelsey Williams and James Bidwell will interview legislators, observe committee meetings, and will attend a panel discussion with local reporters. The guest speaker at lunch will be Kansas First Lady Stacy Parkinson.

“Both these students are excellent editors for our CUHS publications,” said Donna Alvested, journalism adviser. “This is a wonderful opportunity for them to see our government at work, but it is also a contest.”

Each school chosen to participate is allowed to bring two students, both of whom must produce an article about the day. A representative of the Kansas Scholastic Press Association will judge the articles.

“It will give Kelsey and I a chance to ask our own questions to the state legislators rather than hearing it secondhand.” Bidwell said. “We often hear about the budget cuts, but this trip will allow us to dig deeper into the subject and get a better understanding of it.”

“I have never seen the State Capitol before, so I’m excited to see how Kansas government works.” Williams said. “All the competitions we do throughout the year are great opportunities to better our journalism skills, but going to Topeka is extra special.”

“Our day on the hill has been generously funded by a grant we applied for from the Kansas Families for Education Foundation; all our expenses have been paid,” Alvested said. “We feel very fortunate to be able to compete.”