Potomac State students serve at WV State Legislature

PSC interns at WV State Legislature

Jessica Shanholtz,(left) a criminal justice major at Potomac State College of West Virginia University, served as a Frasure-Singleton Intern with Delegate Allen Evans and Donna Shoemake, (right) a graduate of the four-year criminal justice degree program at Potomac State College of West Virginia University, served as a Frasure-Singleton Intern with Delegate Bill Anderson during the 2012 WV Legislative session.

Donna Shoemake and Jessica Shanholtz, students at Potomac State College of West Virginia University, were chosen for the Frasure - Singleton Internship Program where they served as interns with the West Virginia Legislature, during the 2012 legislative session.

As Frasure-Singleton representatives, both students attended committee meetings and floor sessions, reviewed bills, watched public hearings, made phone calls regarding bills, researched various issues, and ‘shadowed’ their designated delegate.

Shoemake worked alongside Delegate Bill Anderson (R-Wood County) in the House of Delegates. “I really learned a lot and I hope more students will apply to do this next year,” stated Shoemake, who graduated with a four-year degree in criminal justice this past May. Additionally while attending Potomac State, Shoemake was a recipient of the WV Sheriffs’ Association Award, a Whitmore/Gates Scholar and was the E. William Nolan Outstanding Student for 2010.

Shanholtz worked alongside Delegate Allen Evans (R-Grant County) in the House of Delegates. She was a second-year criminal justice major. Shanholtz was also a recipient of the WV Sheriffs’ Association Award and was a candidate for the E. William Noland Outstanding Student Award for 2012. “The Frasure-Singleton internship was a truly incredible experience and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in government,” said Shanholtz.  

The Frasure-Singleton Student Legislative Program is an opportunity for select, full-time undergraduate students to observe the state legislative process for one week during the regular legislative session and is also counted as one college credit-hour.