The 2011 Northwood students who attended Superior Days included Allison Fouks, Allison Wallace, Jessie Wells, and Kayla Gouge'.
Tuesday included a visit to the Department of Tourism meeting, where Secretary Stephanie Klett addressed the group and regaled the delegation with tales of Wisconsin tourist sites and history. The Northwood delegation was fortunate to meet with Sec. Klett privately, and they took a group photo.
In the evening, the Northwood group met with Northwood graduates Cole and Kyle. During dinner, they heard about UW-Madison and the benefits of attending school in the capital city.
Wednesday morning, Stephanie Klett addressed the whole delegation. Then the lobbying groups met before attending meetings with legislators at the Capitol.
During lunch, former Governor Tony Earl addressed the delegation.
The afternoon was full of meetings. This Northwood group had an idea for a Superior Days issue, which was accepted and included in the official program. Kayla and Jessie presented an issue to the Department of Transportation, where they outlined the dangerous intersection of Highways 77 and 53 in Washburn County. Allison F. and Allison W. were part of a job-shadowing experience.
Wednesday evening the Youth Delegation attended a dinner reception, which was a final chance for the students to meet and talk with one another. Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson was the speaker, introduced by Northwood junior Jessie Wells. Later the Northwood group had their photo taken with Ms. Abrahamson, and had a few moments to discuss their thoughts.
This was the year that many unions protested the Capitol, and the streets were full of groups with signs, making demands of the government as they expressed their dissatisfaction with the legislative changes. The Capitol rotunda was also a hotbed of activity, with a steady stream of occupiers and picketers.