Manar Reed

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) welcomed Chatham Glenwood High School junior Fiona Reed to the Capitol on Wednesday as part of his Future Leaders program.

Fiona, 17, fosters kittens for the local Animal Protective League, and will be an Election Day registrar during the March 17 primaries. She’s also a member of the Chatham Glenwood High School Key Club, which provides community service and works to raise funds for organizations such as Children's Miracle Network, March of Dimes, UNICEF, Special Olympics and Thirst Project.

“As a junior in high school, she’s putting her values into action and sticking to them, which is the foundation of true leadership,” Manar said. “Given her strong sense of initiative and demonstrated commitment to community service, we can all learn a thing or two from Fiona’s example.”

Manar conducted a one-on-one interview – a tradition of his Future Leaders program – about Fiona’s plans for her future and what prompted her sense of civic duty.

Fiona shadowed Manar for the day, joining him in committee meetings and on the Senate floor where she met other state lawmakers and observed them as they debated and voted on legislation. Manar also presented her with a certificate of recognition for her exemplary service to the Springfield and Chatham communities.

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