Senator Howard Marklein Recognizes Matthew Goninen from Mineral Point High School as a 2024 Senate Scholar

Madison, WI – State Senator Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) recognized Matthew Goninen, a junior at Mineral Point High School, for successfully completing the 2024 Senate Scholar Program.  Goninen is the only Senate Scholar from the 17th Senate District selected for the program for 2024. 

“I am very proud of Matthew’s representation on behalf of the residents of the 17th Senate District as one of the 2024 Senate Scholars,” Marklein said. “This program exposes high schoolers to Wisconsin government in a unique way that will hopefully encourage civic involvement in the future. I appreciate Mathew’s interest and dedication to learning more about his state government.”

The Senate Scholar program is a week-long, intensive civics education program at the State Capitol for high school juniors and seniors.  Goninen met with legislative support agencies, legislative staff, the Governor’s staff, two Supreme Court Justices, the media and lobbyists.  Goninen also participated in the legislative floor session on Tuesday, January 23, 2024, under the direction of the Senate Sergeant at Arms’ office and attended the Governor’s State of the State address.  The week’s events culminated in a Senate Scholar committee hearing.