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5 SGA Members from LSUS to Attend New Hampshire Student Primary

December 21, 2015

 Headed to the New Hampshire Presidential Primary in January are these LSUS SGA members Elizabeth Kemp, Dennis Henderson, John Dalton Griffin, Sarahbeth Rivers and Richard Wardlaw. (Photo by Emily Wright)

5 SGA Members from LSU Shreveport to Attend New Hampshire Primary Student Convention

Five students from the Student Government Association at LSU Shreveport will attend the New Hampshire Primary Student Convention in Manchester on Jan. 4-6, 2016.

The LSUS students attending are Dennis Henderson, SGA president, and SGA Senators Sarahbeth Rivers, Elizabeth Kemp, Richard Wardlaw and John Dalton Griffin.

"The New Hampshire Primary Student Convention will be an opportunity for the SGA and LSUS to be a part of political dialogue at the national level concerning issues in the nation that affect this state and this university," said Henderson

The LSU Shreveport Senators will be able to sit in on Town Hall Meetings featuring presidential candidates Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. Break-out sessions after the meetings allow for students to ask the candidates questions pertaining to education, politics, health care, the environment and foreign affairs.

"This is an extremely exciting jubilee," Henderson said. "This is a great opportunity for us to be able to show the community the amazing school that is LSUS, and its students. This school has a great caliber of students who are concerned not only about their school and the state, but also concerned about the nation. We are happy to be able to represent LSUS."

When Henderson learned about the opportunity to go on the trip, he also discovered that the SGA budget would not allow for him or other members to attend. "I actually pitched the idea to Laura Perdue, the LSUS Foundation director, at the Dr. George and Rita Kemp LSUS State of the University Forum about the idea of providing funding for the New Hampshire trip," Henderson said. "She loved the idea and asked for me to submit to her a proposal outlining the benefits the senators and I, and the LSUS campus, would receive from attending the event."

Henderson and Richard Wardlaw, the only non-traditional student in the SGA and a military veteran, worked together to research and write the proposal, stating that the trip would allow for a unique learning experience and would bring back knowledge to the LSUS campus, student body, and surrounding community that would impact education, career advancements, financial aid, and overall growth at the school. Perdue and the LSUS Foundation were able to bring together cover all the expenses included in the trip.

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Media Contact: LSUS Office of Media and Public Relations, 318-797-5108

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