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Mahopac Students Attend Cuomo’s State of the State Speech

Mahopac High School WISE students attend Gov. Cuomo's state of the state speech at SUNY Purchase with their teacher Michael Hunt. Credits: Photo courtesy of Brian Mahoney

PURCHASE, N.Y. - Mahopac High seniors in teacher Michael Hunt’s WISE class had a chance to see government in action Tuesday morning when they attended Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s state of the state speech.

This year, the governor is delivering six regional state of the state addresses in six different locations over the course of three days. The governor invited interested school districts to bring as many as 25 students to the Westchester County regional speech, which was given at SUNY Purchase.

“This is a great opportunity for the students to learn about the workings of state government and in particular learn about the governor's proposal for college affordability,” said Charles S. Lesnick, Esq., regional representative, Westchester-Rockland, for the office of the governor.

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School Superintendent Dr. Dennis Creedon said it was a great opportunity for the Mahopac students.

“They had a wonderful experience of both government and pageantry,” he said. “The invitation came out to the schools from Lisa Davis, executive director of the Westchester-Putnam School Boards Association. She noted the governor’s office was inviting students from several high schools in the region to attend on a first-come, first-served basis. Michael Hunt requested the seats and was granted them for his WISE class.”

The WISE program is built around students’ passions and interests. They chose a project and a teacher-mentor and work on it one-on-one. They get school credit— often English or social studies—and the school sets it up individually for each student. WISE is not an internship program, although sometimes the students do internships in conjunction with it.

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