GHHS student to meet president

A Grand Haven High School student will get a chance to learn how the nation's government works by taking place in a "mock senate' in Washington, D.C. Mike Ginocchio, 17, will spend a week in the nation's capitol, where he and 97 other high school boys from across the country will serve as delegates for Boys Nation.
Jordan Travis
Jul 14, 2011

The civic training event teaches students entering their senior year of high school how the U.S. Senate turns debate and compromise into written law, according to the event’s website. Participants will form a caucus, then divide into committees to debate bills submitted by the delegates.

The event is organized by the American Legion and builds on Boys State, in which students who meet the eligibility requirements learn how governments in cities, counties and states function.

Delegates for Boys Nation will also visit sites in Washington, such as the Supreme Court and the Capitol building. One trip will bring them to the White House, where delegates will meet President Barack Obama, Ginocchio said.

Ginocchio is a Grand Haven Township resident and lives with his parents and sister, he said. He is one of two editors-in-chief for the high school newspaper, the Bucs’ Blade.

Ginocchio said his experience with the program began at Boys State, held in June at Northwood University in Midland. The teen was sponsored by the Charles A. Conklin American Legion Post 28 of Grand Haven.

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