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Students Inside Albany

Apply for SIA Program

The League of Women Voters of New York State Educational Foundation (supported by NYSUT, CSEA, Price Chopper's Golub Foundation, and Stewart's Shops) is sponsoring a conference called Students Inside Albany

Every Spring The League of Women voters of Utica/Rome Metro Area accepts applications from high school juniors and seniors who reside in the Oneida & Herkimer Counties for a place at this year's conference. We will be selecting at least 1 student to attend this conference from our area, joining other students from across the state.

There is no cost to the student who is selected.

If you would like to submit your name to us for consideration as a student representative from the LWV of Utica/Rome Metro area, we would need you to do the following:

Submit a SIA Application and letter/short essay outlining your qualifications for this honor. We would hope that you would include information on your school accomplishments, examples of leadership roles you have taken on, evidence of your involvement in community and civic activities, and any other information that you feel would aid us in better knowing you and what you would bring to this conference.

Make sure to include your full name, address, contact information, the school you attend and your current grade (junior or senior)

Submit one letter or recommendation from an adult familiar with your qualifications (not a parent or guardian).

A brochure further describing this conference can be found by clicking 2019 SIA Brochure

You may email your SIA Application and letter to or mail it to: LWV, c/o Dawn LaGuerre, PO Box 24, Washington Mills, NY 13479 Reference letters should also be mailed to that address.

The deadline for all application letters & references is February 15, 2019.

Notifications will be made mid-March.

2018 SIA Winners

The League of Women Voters of the Utica-Rome Metro Area is pleased to announce Sandra Bajrektarevic and Cameron Kilpatrick as this year's winners of the Students Inside Albany Conference Internship.

Sandra Bajrektarevic, a junior at Thomas Proctor High School was selected for the position of Battalion Operations Officer and Drill Commander of her NJROTC unit. It is the first time that this position has been held by an underclassman. Sandra's extracurricular activities include earning Varsity letters in track and field. Her goal is to be accepted into the Naval Academy.

Currently a senior at Rome Free Academy, Cameron Kilpatrick is an outstanding student/athlete in Football, Basketball, and Lacrosse. Despite his rigorous schedule, he finds the time to volunteer as a Rome Common Council Youth Advisor, and is active in I Serve Mohawk Valley Food Recovery Network. His career goal is to become an Engineer. Cameron has been accepted to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

The Students Inside Albany conference, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New York State Education Foundation, Inc., is designed to increase students' awareness of their responsibility in representative government and provide the tools necessary for meeting that responsibility. This interactive conference brings together 40 high school students from across the state to learn about New York State government and the process by which citizens can participate in the policy making arena. As part of this program, students will also tour the Capitol and observe both the Senate and Assembly in action by spending an afternoon shadowing their legislator. This year's conference is scheduled for May 20-23 in Albany, New York.

LWV annual meeting @ Hart's Hill Inn L to R: NJROTC Battalion Commander, Sandra Bajrektarevic (Proctor HS), Oneida County.Clerk, Sandra DePerno, East Utica chairperson, Lucreetia Hunt, Asst. District Attorney, Dawn Catera Lupi, Keynote Speaker, MVCC Dean Marianne Buttenschon, Cameron Kilpatrick, Rome Free Academy