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Reading challenge winner joins LaSata as junior senator for the day

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Kim LaSata on Thursday welcomed her March is Reading Month challenge winner William Jancha to the Capitol to serve alongside her as junior senator for the day.

“It was great to meet William to congratulate him on his hard work and have him join me as a senator for the day,” said LaSata, R-Niles. “I hope he and his family enjoyed the beauty of the Michigan Capitol and learning about the inner workings of state government, and that it was an exciting learning experience for him.”

As part of his activities as junior senator, Jancha took a ceremonial oath of office, attended Senate session and a committee hearing, met with state Rep. Pauline Wendzel, who represents the Jancha family in the state House, and received a formal State of Michigan Tribute recognizing his accomplishment.

He and his family also received a private tour of the state Capitol.

Jancha, who won the challenge by reading 769 pages, is a second grade student at E.P. Clarke Elementary School in St. Joseph.

“It was my pleasure to have William and his family join me for the day,” LaSata said. “As a former teacher, I am thoroughly impressed with William’s hard work and the dedication he demonstrated to win this challenge — 769 pages is a lot of reading! I wish William the best as he continues his education and again congratulate him on a job well done.”

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Editor’s note: A print-quality version of the above photo is available on the senator’s website at www.StateSenatorKimLaSata.com. Click “Photos” under the “In the News” tab. Video of the senator welcoming Wednesday’s guest is available by clicking here or visiting the “Video” tab.

Photo caption 1: William Jancha stands with Sen. Kim LaSata at the rostrum on the Senate floor during his visit to the state Capitol. The second grader from St. Joseph won LaSata’s March is Reading Month literacy challenge and was invited to join her as a junior senator for the day.