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Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature Team Earns “Best Delegation” Title

Publication Date: 11/29/2012

The Rhodes Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature (TISL) received the coveted title of “Best Delegation” after competing against 43 schools in the 43rd General Assembly held recently in Nashville.

The team includes veteran delegates Betsy Swann (chapter founder and head delegate), Kelly Johnson, James Ekenstedt, Caroline Ponseti, Hannah Strong, Justice Thompson, Brendan Tyler, and Jess Wilder as well as first-year delegates Rachel Harris, Ali Swee, Caroline Reed, Akvile Zakaraiskaite, Claire Hautot, Chandler Schneider, David Klemperer and Elliot Young.

TISL allows students of any major to gain hands-on experience in state government. Students can choose to participate in either the legislative, executive, or judicial branches by writing and debating bills, running for office, or serving on an appellate moot court team, respectively. Additionally, students can act as a lobbyist or journalist throughout the legislative process.

“I am so impressed with this year’s delegation. I think they all truly fulfilled their individual roles, but what’s more is that they worked well as a team,” says Swann. “Their overall performance is a testament to how committed they are to this program.”

Other Awards:

  • Wilder, who is sophomore representative, was awarded the Carlisle Award for outstanding legislator, an award which is traditionally given to upperclassmen.
  • The moot court team (Ekenstedt, Tyler, Strong, Klemperer) won the “Best Brief” award for the second consecutive year and tied for second place in the championship round of oral arguments.
  • Swann and Hautot were recognized for Best Lobbying Firm, and Reed, Young, and Zakarauskaite were all named Best Lobbyist in their respective firms.

(information compiled by Rhodes Student Associate Caroline Ponseti ’15)

Tags: Campus Life, Honors, Students

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