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Laying down the law

Pace High School students intern at state legislature

MIAMI GARDENS | Two brothers from Monsignor Edward Pace High School have completed the Senate Pager and Messenger Program in Tallahassee.

Senior Christopher Sykes and sophomore Corey Sykes attended the internship program on Jan. 27-31. The brothers met with state senators, Governor Ron DeSantis, Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee and other leaders in the capital.

Brothers Christopher Sykes, left, and Corey Sykes of Monsignor Pace High pledge allegiance to the American flag during a recent internship in Tallahassee.

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Brothers Christopher Sykes, left, and Corey Sykes of Monsignor Pace High pledge allegiance to the American flag during a recent internship in Tallahassee.

The internship allowed the two Spartans to work on the senate floor during sessions, as well as daily tasks with the senators. The Sykes brothers even wrote their own bills and presented them on the senate floor.

Corey and Christopher were given a tour around Tallahassee and visited various locations, including the old Capitol and the governors’ mansions, both current and previous.

The brothers also visited the state library, where they looked through archives and learned the history of Florida.

From an early age, Christopher and Corey took an interest in politics, and they said the internship provided tremendous value to their ongoing passion.

"I developed a new respect for the legislative system and its demands," Christopher said. "It has inspired me to work hard for what I want to achieve."

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