AUSTIN, TEXAS - A group of around 50 seniors from Stratford High School spent Wednesday in Austin for the first-annual “Stratford Day” at the Texas State Capitol. During their visit, the students were recognized before the Texas Senate and the Texas House of Representatives, followed by a meeting with Governor Rick Perry in the Governor’s Reception Room and lunch in the members’ lounge.
In the afternoon, the Stratford students gathered for a question and answer session with State Representatives Dwayne Bohac (District 138) and Beverly Woolley (District 136). During the candid discussion that lasted over an hour, students had a unique opportunity to talk about a wide range of issues, among them the state budget crisis, funding of public education and Bohac’s Pledge of Allegiance bill that will soon head to the House floor.
Following the meeting, students had a chance to visit with a panel of former Spring Branch Independent School District graduates who now work in the State Legislature. Among them were two former Spartans, Lindsey Thomas (Class of 1999) and Travis Griffin (Class of 1997). This gave the students a chance to ask questions about future career goals and to learn more about getting involved with government and policy work from former students.
The day ended with a group picture on the north steps of the State Capitol with Rep. Bohac before the students had to make their way back home to Houston.
This is the third Spring Branch high school that Rep. Dwayne Bohac has had the privilege to visit with during the 78th Legislative Session. Earlier this spring he visited with teachers and students from Spring Woods and Northbrook to hear their thoughts about the issues that are before the Legislature. Rep. Bohac represents District 138, which includes the northern part of the Stratford school zone.