BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – High school students from western Massachusetts to the Cape and Islands competed in a video contest, suggesting laws they hope to change.
The contest is called “There Ought to Be a Law,” meant to get high school students more involved in government.
High school students from across the state submitted two-minute videos, pitching laws they’d like to create or change.
The goal is to get teenagers involved in state government and inspire new legislation.
The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts selected three winners, and lawmakers were pretty impressed by their ideas.
Students proposed laws involving gun violence, mental health, safe driving and suicide prevention.
Longmeadow High School student Suzie Carvajal won second place for her video outlining why the state should raise the age of consent from sixteen to eighteen years old.
She believes her proposal would reduce high school dropout rates and prevent teen pregnancies. Carvajal told 22News, “It’s a huge problem, not only here in Massachusetts, but all around the United States and even the world, so I thought that was a great point to touch on.”
Suzie took home a certificate of recognition from her state senator, and a $500 prize.