Making Democracy Work

Students Inside Albany

2017 Awardees

Students Inside Albany (SIA) is a conference sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New York State Education Foundation, Inc. The program is designed to increase high school students' awareness of their responsibility in representative government and provide the tools necessary for meeting that responsibility.

2017 Awardees

The Cortland League proudly announces the selection of 2 high school students to attend Albany Conference

Homer High School 12th grader, Emma Murphy, and Cortland High School 9th grader Abigail Bowker will be attending the Students Inside Albany Conference, May 21-24. The conference, sponsored by the League of Women Voters, is designed to increase students' awareness of their responsibility in representative government. They will interact with students from all across NY State and with NYS government officials.

Last year's controversial national election has spurred Abigail's interest in government in general. Learning more about NYS government will fit well with this interest. Abigail has been active in Peaceful Panthers (an anti-bullying group), student government, and in school safety patrols. She has participated in many school sports (tennis, volleyball, softball). She has played viola in the school orchestra, been in school musicals, and danced competitively. Beyond school, Abby is active in the Cortland community. She has volunteered in her church's Children's Puppet Ministry, the Salvation Army, and other efforts that bring help to those in need, both here and abroad. She often leads these local efforts.

Emma comes from a political background. Her grandfather is currently Homer Town Supervisor and her grandmother, his behind-the-scenes support, developed her own civic interests as well. Emma has already taken advantage of opportunities to participate in activities that relate to some of her interests: agriculture, women's rights and law. In 2016, she was one of the top state delegates to the World Food Prize Symposium and she is President of Homer's Future Farmers of America chapter. Emma has worked at various after-school jobs for many years. She has volunteered as a youth leader at her church and has taught Sunday school there. She will be attending Ferrum College in Virginia, majoring in political science and environmental law. Both students are sponsored by the local Cortland County LWV. Two other organizations have contributed to these scholarships: Zonta International and AAUW.

Both awardees will be honored at the Cortland LWV Annual Meeting on June 13th to be held at Tinelli's in Solon.