Mock Press Conference gives Media Insight to Students

Walt Whitman students Katy Molina, Sherina Parra, Daniel Reyes, Sindy Reyes, and Cesia Deras awaiting the commencement of the press conference.
Walt Whitman students Katy Molina, Sherina Parra, Daniel Reyes, Sindy Reyes, and Cesia Deras awaiting the commencement of the press conference.
Whitman’s Melissa Shaiman is an intern in Assemblyman Lupinacci’s local office.
Whitman’s Melissa Shaiman is an intern in Assemblyman Lupinacci’s local office.
Sherina Parra asks Assemblyman Lupinacci a question about police community relations in the local neighborhood.
Sherina Parra asks Assemblyman Lupinacci a question about police community relations in the local neighborhood.

New York State Assemblyman Chad A. Lupinacci, 10th Assembly District and New York State  Assemblyman Andrew P. Raia 12th Assembly District hosted a Mock Press Conference at the South Huntington Public Library. The purpose of the event was to give high school students the opportunity to participate in a simulated press conference to better understand the functions of state government and the leadership role of state legislator.

Invitees included government and journalism students, reporters, editors, and members of the high school newspaper staff. The topics for the press conference included bullying and cyber bullying, the dangers of prescription drugs, the state budget, animal rights, educational testing, common core issues, MMA legislation, and police vs citizen community relations. Students learned how the media is a very important component of our governing system, and works with elected officials to make sure the people are informed about the inner-workings of government.

In addition, Assemblyman Lupinacci has informed us of a scholarship program for High School seniors. The New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators collegiate scholarship gives students a chance to receive 2,000 dollars to go toward a higher education. All students are encouraged to apply, and you can obtain information about the scholarship by contacting our district offices.

You may view the Mock Press Conference by clicking the link below: http://www.optimumcommunity.net/community-coverage/long- island/2015/south-huntington-mock-press-conference

Also, the same segment will premiere on 5/17 on Optimum’s channel 118 at 7pm.