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Top Southwest Virginia students make LEAP to Richmond

March 1st, 2014 7:39 pm by Wes Bunch

Top Southwest Virginia students  make LEAP to Richmond

GATE CITY — A group of eight high school seniors from Lee, Scott and Wise counties were invited earlier this month by Delegate Terry Kilgore to visit the state capital in Richmond as part of the Legislative Educational Advancement Program.

Kilgore (R-Gate City), along with his wife Debbie, hosted the students from Virginia’s First District for a three-day program that included a variety of activities around Richmond and visits with state government leaders. The Kilgores have sponsored LEAP since 1994.

“It has been an honor to host such an excellent group of students,” Kilgore said. “These students represent Southwest Virginia well and I know their families, teachers and friends are very proud of them. All of the students are extremely engaged and eager to learn.”

Kilgore said he hoped the visit was inspirational as well as educational.

“It is my hope that these young men and women have learned more about their government and the legislative process and will pass this experience on to others,” Kilgore said.

The group’s itinerary included tours of the Virginia State Capitol and the Governor’s Executive Mansion. The students also attended a live session of the Virginia General Assembly and meetings of several committees.

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