Roane State students participate in Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature

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Roane State students participate in Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature

Nine Roane State Community College students participated in the fall Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature (TISL) at the State Capitol in Nashville.

The TISL is a forum for student leaders to exchange ideas, express opinions and learn how government works. Students meet at the State Capitol each November and participate in a legislative session. Some students cover the session as members of TISL media.

“This is the biggest Roane State delegation in several years,” said John Brown, assistant professor of political science.

Participating students were Georgette Boozer of Spring City, senator and head delegate;

Emmiley Boutwell of Oneida, representative and head delegate; Keaton Bowman of Rockwood, representative; Marine Payen of Oak Ridge, clerk of the Senate; Jenna Francois of Oak Ridge, journalist in charge of TISL’s social media; Chelsey Mynatt of Powell, media reporter covering TISL Senate; Nikki Smith of Rockwood, representative; Seth Stewart of Sunbright, representative; and Tully Watson of Rockwood, senator.

Boutwell said that TISL “was a great experience.”

“From learning the law-making process first-hand to meeting all kinds of students from different colleges, TISL is a great educational opportunity,” she said.

Roane State’s House delegation earned Outstanding Delegation recognition, and Stewart received the Carlisle Award, described as “TISL’s oldest and most prestigious award.” A bill proposed by Stewart overwhelmingly passed the House and the Senate.

For more information about TISL, visit