MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Michigan’s Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II continued his tour through the U.P. stopping at schools and businesses around Marquette.
Lt. Gov. Gilchrist talks with MSHS AP Government and Economics students during visit. (WLUC Photo)
Tuesday morning, Gilchrist met with Marquette Senior High School students and administrators. They discussed state government and current affairs.
MSHS Senior Roxy Sprowl said, "I learned a lot from him talking about what he's doing and I feel like it's really important that he's trying to connect the student body with what's going on in our government."
"It's important for people who are representing communities to always remember what we're fighting for, what we're working towards. It's about laying the foundation so that all the imagination that I heard in that room can be unleashed on the state of Michigan and on the world," said Gilchrist.
The conversation included duties of a lieutenant governor and the future of state roads and infrastructure, the environment and education.
MSHS Senior Hailee Engle said, "I got a new perspective on what our government is and how it functions and stuff like that and the people that are actually there trying to make a difference for all of us here in Michigan."
Gilchrist says strong public education is key to Michigan’s future.
"I married a teacher, my grandmother was a teacher, my auntie was a teacher and a principal. Being able to hear from them about what's important and assure them that Governor [Gretchen] Whitmer and I support them and support public education," said Gilchrist.
The Lieutenant Governor left the students with some advice to take into the future – get involved.
"Whatever is different and unique about them that has value. That they can make sure that any room they're in, any table they're at, any meeting they participate in, is different because they were a part of it,” said Gilchrist.