The Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature, a forum of Tennessee college students, has chosen two Walters State Community College students to serve in key positions during the coming year.
Henry Mendoza of Morristown was chosen solicitor general and Matthew Knight of Russellville was chosen commissioner for higher education.
“Public service is a noble calling and the Tennessee Intercollegiate Student Legislature is a wonderful organization that promotes civic engagement and participation among Tennessee’s college students,” Marlin Curnutt said.
Curnutt is associate director of enrollment development at WSCC and an advisor for TISL at the school.
“Matthew and Henry are both bright, articulate students who will bring a great deal of leadership characteristics to their positions,” he added. “For Walters State to have not one but two students in important positions within the state-wide framework of TISL … reflects highly on the college and these young men.”
TISL includes a mock legislature, a mock supreme court, a mock governor and cabinet.
At times, legislation developed through the TISL practice government session is passed on to the Tennessee General Assembly for consideration.