Tusculum College students recently had the opportunity to attend the 44th General Assembly of the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature, a mock level legislation in Nashville.
The delegation consisted of Caitlin Curtis, a junior history major from Knoxville; Montreal Fisher, a freshman history and government education major from Springfield; Ashley Fritz, a senior psychology major form Duffield, Va.; Steven Hollingshead, a senior political science major from Memphis; Pamela Keen; a senior political science major from Nashville; Trevor Long, a senior political science major from Marion, Va; Kiah McIsaac, a freshman English major from Memphis, and Alex Walker, a senior political science major from Durham, N.C.
This is Tusculum’s third year sending a delegation to TISL and was marked with success as Curtis and Fritz received awards for best clerk and best journalist reporter. In addition, Keen served on the TISL executive council as state treasurer, and Hollingshead wrote the college’s first bill for TISL regarding the number of bike lanes on roads across Tennessee
Fritz, who served as chair of the delegation commented, “I’m looking forward to seeing how Tusculum continues to uphold its strong reputation with TISL in future years.”
While at the conference, Long, who served as a member of the TISL senate and Walker, who served as a member of the house each sponsored a bill. Long also served as secretary of the commerce committee and debated legislation. Walker served as a member of the judiciary committee.
Outside of direct legislative positions, McIsaac and Fritz each served as journalists for TISL media, with each being published in TISL’s newspaper, the TISL Times. In addition, Curtis and Fisher both served as deputy clerk and marshall.
Fritz added that she felt TISL provided an opportunity for her and several members of the delegation to discover their voice and then develop the passion to utilize it.