Students from the University of Southern Maine's Lewiston-Auburn College experienced local government first-hand with a class trip to the State House in March. Thirteen students from the class “Sustaining Democracy” were welcomed to the state house by Lewiston Representatives Mike Lajoie, Peggy Rotundo and Dick Wagner; State Senator Margaret Craven, along with Representative and fellow USM LAC student, Michael Clarke of Bath. The entire class was also recognized at a committee hearing of the Joint Committee on Education. The visit was followed up with an assignment in which students contacted their representatives by mail, urging them to address a problem close to the student's heart. Seated, from left, are Abdikadir Negeye, Myranda Michaud, Elise Boutin, Tiana Audet and Angela Gillespie; standing, Rep. Mike Clarke, Rep. Peggy Rotundo, Regina Preston, James Myall, Ashley Harmon, Joshua Gauthier, Nicole Barry, Shalee Bradbury, Sen. Margaret Craven, Rep. Mike Lajoie, Danielle Moody, Steve Camp, Lindamarie MacDonald and Rep. Dick Wagner.