Florida Model Legislature House Speaker
House Speaker: Lenz Francois
My name is Lenz Schedlee Milou François. I am a sophomore at Palm Beach State College pursuing an Associates in Arts degree. Upon completion, I plan on transferring to the University of Central Florida to continue my education; attaining a degree in Chemistry to become an anesthesiologist. I want to ease the process of surgery for those who need it and help make one of the scariest things in life just a bit easier for those who are in need.
I am currently the President Pro-Tempore at Palm Beach State College and have been in Student Government for two semesters. I became interested in politics after a presentation in my speech class by the current President of Student Government at Palm Beach State College, Amy Abuqawod, and realizing that I wanted to play my own part in both notifying and fighting for my rights and at Palm Beach State College. I knew I wanted to do something but didn’t know how or where I could do it. It wasn’t until I spoke to my closest friend, Alondra Morales the current Governor of the Florida Model Legislature, who convinced me to be in Student Government and I can’t say thank you enough to her. With her help, I quickly began to do my part on campus. I began to advocate for students and made it clear that Student Government was the voice of the students on campus and that if they had any problems then they could bring it to us and we would do our best to make sure it was on the radar of both administrators and local legislators. I've helped students get registered for the 2017 election and voice their opinions on campus and college-wide forums to speak with administrators and the President of the college about their own experiences, advocated with the Florida College System Student Government Association (FCSSGA) and spoke with Senators and Representatives in Tallahassee to discuss the platforms that were directly influencing the Florida College System. I hope to continue doing my part not only at Palm Beach State College but also for FML. I am grateful to have this position. I plan on pushing my fellow peers to succeed and surpass their own boundaries.
Role of the Speaker
Role of the Speaker at Florida Model Legislature:
At Florida Model Legislature the Speaker promotes a "platform" of interest that are communicated to legislators. He/She is the leader of the House of Representatives. The Speaker will influence the calendar of bills in collaboration with the Senate. The Speaker may schedule and hold several press conferences. The Speaker also gives speeches at the Sine Die Ceremony and an optional speech at Closing Session. The Speaker also will assist in writing bills for the conference and assisting with the organizational session.
The Speaker may also assist in promoting the event and work with the Executive Team on other conference planning.
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