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Colin O'Neill to Represent Region in Albany

Lake Shore Senior Is One of League of Women Voters’ ‘Students Inside Albany’

Colin O'Neill

Lake Shore Central Schools senior Colin O'Neill is one of a select few students across New York State chosen to represent our region at the Students Inside Albany Conference
this spring. 

Colin was selected by the League of Women Voters Buffalo/Niagara region as a LWV representative based on his essay outlining his qualifications for the honor, a completed application form, and two nomination forms.

His Participation in Government teacher, Sophie Chimera, is well-acquainted with his qualifications: “He’s very civic-minded,” she says. “He volunteered for the Nate McMurray campaign, he is a Town of Evans Community Events member and also a member of the Evans Democratic Club. He also is on the Model UN team. He’s an Eagle Scout and he wants to be a lawyer.”

The Students Inside Albany conference, sponsored by the LWV of NYS Education Foundation, is designed to increase students’ awareness of their responsibility in representative government and the process for participating in the policy-making arena. He will attend sessions on citizen political activism and being a successful citizen lobbyist. He will tour the NYS capitol and Court of Appeals and shadow an Assembly member and a Senator. He also will have the opportunity to lobby role-play with legislators and hear media perspectives on public policy issues.

“I’m so proud of Colin,” says Mrs. Chimera. “He is a perfect candidate for this conference. He is incredibly civic-minded and politically engaged. This will be a wonderful opportunity for him.”