State Representative David Reis (R–St. Marie) paid a visit to Floyd Henson Junior High School in Flora on Tuesday morning. While there, he congratulated the State Champion Girls Basketball Team and took time to pop into a social studies class learning about elections.
“We have a treat today. Mr. David Reis, our state representative, is here to visit, and to recognize our eighth grade girls state champion basketball team,” said Floyd Henson Principal Jeanette Krutsinger while prepping the students. “With that, I expect you to be on your best behavior, be quiet and give your full attention to our state representative.”
“What a special day,” said Reis, “Not quite as special as the day you won your championship, but trust me, you’ll remember this day for the rest of your life.”
Reis spoke about his daughters in high school and in seventh grade and said that they had gotten to fourth place a few years ago, “So I know how exciting this can be.
Take it to the next level. Go to high school and do well there too.”
Reis adopted a resolution congratulating the team in the general assembly in Springfield.
The resolution congratulated the team on their championship and on their 21 and 3 record. Furthermore, a copy of the resolution was presented tot each of the team members and their coaches.
After the students had returned to class and their parents had gone home, Reis took the time to briefly visit Mrs. Heiden’s Social Studies class.
Krutsinger explained that eighth grade was the year when students had to take both their state and federal constitution tests.
“We did the federal earlier and we’re doing our state now,” Heiden said to Reis as she introduced him to the class.
“Do you have a private plane?” one student asked Reis.
“No, I just drive,” Reis answered. “If I had my way, they would do away with all of the state planes.”
“I’m just a farmer,” Reis told the students. “Do you know where St. Marie is? North of Olney, it’s a little town of 250 people.”
“What is today?” Reis asked, checking if any of the students knew that it was an election day. “All that you talk about with your state constitution and your federal constitution, it all comes down to today and this fall.”