Local Students Participate in League of Women Voters

April 26, 2005

Kate Wilsey (left) and Tanya Lee (right) stand with Assemblymember Cahill in the State Capitol Assembly Chambers.

Earlier this month, Tanya Lee of Saugerties and Kate Wilsey of Phoenicia shadowed Assemblymember Kevin Cahill (D-Ulster, Dutchess) as part of their participation in the League of Women Voters "Students Inside Albany" program. This annual event is a four-day conference designed to provide students with the information and skills necessary to be informed participants in government.

Tanya is a senior at Saugerties High School and is a resident of the 127th Assembly District. In the absence of her representative, Assemblymember Dan Hooker, Mr. Cahill extended an invitation to join him for the afternoon. She is a member of the National Honor Society, was a participant in the New York State Bar Association Mock Trial and enjoys playing the piano as a Young Artist member of the Siyo Music Society. She is planning on attending Cornell University as a Music and International Relations major.

Kate, a sophomore High Honors student at Onteora High School, plays Junior Varsity basketball and Varsity soccer, track and field and field hockey and is an accomplished flautist. She has been selected to attend a New York State Council on the Arts program this summer focusing on an introduction to various mediums.

During their visit with Assemblymember Cahill, Tanya and Kate had an opportunity to observe the operations of his Albany office and attend Session in the State Capitol Assembly Chambers. "These young women exhibited a keen interest in and enthusiasm for gaining a deeper understanding of the legislative process and were a delight to converse with," noted Mr. Cahill. "They did a terrific job of representing New York’s young adults and set a great example for responsible civic involvement. I expect to hear wonderful things about them in the future," he concluded.

To be selected for the "Students Inside Albany" conference, participants must enter an essay contest. Competition is open to any 10th through 12th grader in the state. Local winners receive an all-expense paid trip to Albany where a panel of judges from the State League selects an overall essay winner. This lucky individual is awarded a $3000 scholarship for post-high school education. This year’s award went to Philip Shapiro of Stuyvesant High School in New York City.