Inauguration Day 2017

The second annual Connecticut’s Kid Governor Inauguration Day event took place at Connecticut’s Old State House on Friday, January 13th. Over 250 students, educators, elected officials, and members of the press attended the celebration in the Old State House’s historic courtroom. In addition to swearing in Jessica Brocksom as Connecticut’s second Kid Governor, the day-long event also recognized the hard work and accomplishments of the other six final candidates from the 2016 Statewide Election and their classmates. All seven candidates and their classes attended the event, which included an immersive exploration of Connecticut’s three branches of government.  Students were welcomed by Old State House staff and volunteers as well as volunteers from Civics First.

The day began with an Inauguration Ceremony led by CT-N’s Diane Smith. Musician Joe Flood kicked off the celebration by leading the audience in a patriotic rendition of My Country Tis of Thee…, followed by remarks from Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy. U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, Jessica’s Milford legislative delegation (Senator Gayle Slossberg and Representatives Pam Staneski, Kim Rose, and Charles Ferraro), Commissioner of Education Dianna Wentzell, 2016 Kid Governor Elena Tipton, and Secretary of the State Denise Merrill each took the podium to offer words of support, encouragement, and congratulations to Jessica. Secretary Merrill delivered the official Connecticut’s Kid Governor Oath of Office and introduced Jessica for the first time as Connecticut’s 2nd Kid Governor.

The inauguration ceremony was followed by a news conference with the seven final candidates for Connecticut’s Kid Governor, who answered pre-submitted questions from their fellow 5th graders.  After the news conference ended, the students toured Connecticut’s Old State House and participated in civics activities. The activities revolved around the three branches of government: students met Kid Governor Jessica in her office, Secretary Merrill in one of the historic executive offices, Supreme Court Justice Dennis Eveleigh in the Courtroom, State Representative Pam Staneski and former Representative James Spallone in the House of Representatives Chamber, and participated in a trivia activity led by Civics First in the Senate Chamber. 

The day of celebration wrapped up with a Closing Ceremony featuring the presentation of certificates and citations for each final candidate from the office of U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, each candidate’s U.S. Representative, and Secretary Merrill’s office. The Connecticut Public Affairs Network also presented each class and candidate with a special certificate, and each of the seven candidates received a copy of the book E is for Election Day. 

To read CKG Jessica's reflections on Inauguration Day 2017, please read her blog post HERE