Theis’ reading contest winner spends day as ‘junior senator’

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Lana Theis on Tuesday welcomed to the Capitol one of her 2019 “Be a Senator for a Day” summer reading contest winners, Joshua Gregory.

Gregory, who was joined by his mother, Michelle, was in Lansing for most of Tuesday and was able to attend Senate session and a committee hearing with Theis.

“The ‘Be a Senator for a Day’ summer reading contest was a great way to help keep students engaged in learning during their summer break,” said Theis, R-Brighton. “I congratulate Joshua on his well-deserved victory and applaud his dedication to reading and learning and his competitive spirit. It was great to have Joshua serve with me as my junior senator, and I encourage him to keep up the good work at school.”

Contest participants logged their reading accomplishments on special bookmarks from Theis’ office. Gregory, who is a sixth-grade student at Beach Middle School, in Chelsea, won the contest by reading five books, which included “The Keepers” by Ted Sanders, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs, “Dragon Watch” by Brandon Mull, and a selection from Rick Riordan.

The contest was open to all students residing in the 22nd Senate District from Jul. 1 – Sept. 1.

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