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Student Government Day

Student Government Day 2022 Registration Now Open!

Registration for Student Government Day is now open and will remain open until Friday, January 14, 2022. Student Government Day 2022 will be held on April 1 via Zoom from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Schools may register one student designee and one alternate, who are either juniors or seniors. Register at Massachusetts Student Government Day 2022 Registration.

Student Governor Speech Competition Now Open!

All designated student representatives are invited to participate in a speech competition to act as governor on April 1, 2022. The selected student will give their speech during the event. All competition submissions are due by Tuesday, March 1, 2022. More information about this year's competition and submission guidelines can be found at SGD Speech Competition .

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In 1947, the Massachusetts Legislature enacted a program called Student Government Day (originally Good Government Day) which is traditionally held on a Friday in April. This is an informative program about state government, that includes students participating in the role of elected or appointed officials to "observe the processes of government."

The program provides educators and students from Massachusetts's public and private high schools with many opportunities to learn first hand about state government. It enables government officials to have contact with students. It allows students to voice their positions on important current issues through prepared debates. It enables students to participate in the legislative process through simulated committee hearings and House and Senate formal sessions. It provides the opportunity for students to exchange views with their peers throughout the state on statewide issues.

How does this program work?

Traditionally, Student Government Day is held at the Massachusetts State House. However, this year the day will be held via Zoom for safety and accessibility reasons due to the pandemic.

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Last Updated: January 11, 2022

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