Cora Rose Hannigan inside the rotunda at the State Capitol.
On Monday, January 23, Cora Rose Hannigan from Ms. Fiske’s fourth grade class at Hillcrest Elementary traveled with her family to Olympia to represent Washington State’s highly capable students.
Hannigan had a chance to meet the Governor, Senator Steve Hobbs’ assistant and Rep. Hans Dunshee.
Additionally, Hannigan participated in a session where highly capable students were able to learn how gifted education classes are funded. During this session students had an opportunity to ask clarifying questions.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for young citizens. It is so important that young citizens learn about decisions that affect them,” Ms. Fiske said.
While Hannigan was in Olympia she got the opportunity to view the state capitol building.
“Three special moments were when I walked into the Rotunda and saw all of the marble and a beautiful chandelier. Meeting Hans Dunshee was amazing, I loved that he took time to talk to me, it made me feel important. I also will never forget my brother Charlie introducing the Governor. He is very special to me and it was neat to share this experience with him,” Hannigan said. Charlie Hannigan is an MIT hopeful and a leader at the high school in the AP Government class.
“It is amazing to have student representatives from Lake Stevens. It just goes to show what a supportive community we have here in Lake Stevens. We are all really proud and excited about this opportunity for Cora Rose and Charlie. They are very lucky to have such an amazing family,” said Ms. Fiske.
Upon Hannigan’s return from Olympia, her teacher asked her to speak to the class about her experiences and what she learned.
“My classmates enjoyed learning about my experience and I wish others got to go too!” Hannigan said.