COSTA MESA — A delegation of Estancia High School students returned Monday from Sacramento where they spent five days doing the jobs of senators, lobbyists and a trial court defense attorney.
Estancia sent 19 students to the state YMCA Youth & Government's 63rd annual Model Legislature & Court conference, a mock legislature and judicial government where students learn how the process works by doing it themselves.
Students wrote and introduced bills, covered the proceedings as print or broadcast journalists and lobbied legislators to support or kill a bill as the worked in the State Capitol building. Estancia was also honored as a premier delegation for the first time.
"It gives them a much more hands on approach to understanding state-level politics," said advisor Jennifer Broderick, who also teaches social science at Estancia.
Corona del Mar High School also sent a delegation to the conference.
Estancia's delegation introduced two bills at the conference: one to fund sections of state highway repairs through billboard sponsorships, and another to improve nutrition in schools, Broderick said.