On February 11th, students from around the state came out in the winter storm to raise their voices about STEM education and NM MESA at the Roundhouse. Students from the western region made it into Santa Fe the night before the storm and several schools in communities along the RailRunner train line were able to make the journey. On the train, Belen High School students and advisor Misty Torres sat by Representative Alonzo Baldonado and were greeted by Representative Gail Armstrong once arriving at the Capital. Representative Natalie Figueroa was kind enough to take students and advisor Laura White on a tour of the House floor and Lt. Governor Howie Morales spoke to all of the MESA students in the rostrum.
Several students were able to serve as pages for their legislatures and all students enjoyed the pizza lunch provided by our MESA partners. It was a snowy day of democracy for the courageous MESA students and teachers that came to share their stories. NM MESA thanks all of the elected officials and education leaders that spent time with our STEM leaders of tomorrow, including Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham (in photo below); your time and energy are appreciated.