Magnolia ISD Student Leadership Visit Local Leaders at the State Capitol

Students had the opportunity to listen to the resolutions passed and the actions on both the House and Senate floors. State Representative Cecil Bell, Jr. recognized the Magnolia ISD Student Leadership and the District with a resolution on the House floor for the District’s commitment to develop future and civic leaders.

Students also participated in a panel discussion with chief of staff from State Rep. Bell, Jr., chief of staff from State Rep. Aycock and district director for Senator Schwertner office. The panel members talked with the MISD students about numerous career opportunities at the state, county and local levels as well as the importance of internships when exploring college and careers.

Chief of Staff Jessica Magee for State Rep. Bell explained to the students, “To be here at this level, you desire to be a public servant. All of the legislative offices are managed differently, almost like small businesses serving our constituents. You could be researching an issue, writing legislation, reaching out to your constituents like ISDs, or returning phone calls from your district.”

She continued by saying, “You don’t have to get a law degree. Internships are a great way to determine what it is you want to do, determine your education pathway and advance your career.”

After the in-depth panel discussion, State Rep. Bell spoke one-on-one with the students. Students asked questions regarding specific policies impacting the state and community, his role with the House Appropriations Committee and his day-to-day responsibilities as an elected official.

To conclude the day long trip, State Rep. Bell gave the students a personal tour of the House of Representatives floor answering additional questions and taking time for photo opportunities with the students.

In March, the student leadership group will focus on county government. Students are scheduled to attend Commissioner’s Court, meet with County Commissioner Charlie Riley, County Judge Craig Doyal and County Sheriff Tommy Gage. Magnolia ISD Student Leadership program mission is to develop young leaders in the community to be well-informed and active citizens involved in serving the community in which they live.