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Motlow student leaders attend Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature in Nashville

Dec. 1, 2015

Four Motlow State Community College student leaders gained first-hand knowledge of how state government operates by attending as delegates to the 46th General Assembly of the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature (TISL) at the State Capitol in Nashville, Nov. 12-15.

Motlow students attending the TISL were Lucas Patterson, a sophomore from Warren County who attends the McMinnville campus, and three students who attend the Moore County campus: JuliAnna Dykes, a freshman from Tullahoma; Jamie Freeman, a freshman from Bedford County; and Will Shavers, a sophomore from Lynchburg.

TISL is an annual legislative session conducted by college students from across Tennessee, providing an education about Tennessee state government and a channel to express their opinions on state issues. The four-day assembly consists of a Senate and a House of Representatives, which debate bills that are produced wholly by the students. The Supreme Court consists of judges and lawyers participating in the Appellate Moot Court Collegiate Challenge (AMC3). Students also have the option to work as lobbyists or members of the media.

"TISL is a forum where student leaders throughout the state of Tennessee express their ideas, engage with other students, and learn how our government works," said Shavers, Motlow head delegate at TISL. "This year, Motlow's delegation, including three representatives and one senator, voted in mock legislative sessions, experienced AMC3 trials, met and heard from state legislatures, and learned leadership skills to bring back to the students of Motlow."

Through networking and engaging with other like-minded students from across the state, Motlow's representatives were able to grow and learn while having fun in a nurturing and educational environment. The annual event provides an excellent foundation for the government and business leaders of tomorrow to explore and learn - about the role of legislators, judges, lawyers and the media - today.

According to Sheri Mason, assistant director for student services at Motlow's Moore County campus, "The TISL is an exciting, fun and educational opportunity that gives students from across the state a voice in state government. This event allows students to convene in the State Capitol and use the chambers of the Tennessee General Assembly. This is an amazing opportunity for Motlow students."

The experience of attending the TISL can prove to be invaluable to students in many respects as they pursue their career interests.

Four Motlow State Community College student leaders recently attended the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature in Nashville, learning about all aspects of how our state government operates. Pictured, left to right, are Lucas Patterson, McMinnville; JuliAnna Dykes, Tullahoma; Jamie Freeman, Bedford County; and Will Shavers, Lynchburg. Motlow College photo.