"They got to listen to presentations on voting rights in the state," said Vannada, "especially on those of African Americans and women."
Vannada said the student got a tour of the Capitol and got to actually watch the legislative process in action.
"The students also got to meet Rep. Mike Patterson," he said. Vannada said that Patterson was notified the students were there and then was able to visit with them.
Vannada said it was the first time that Piggott had participated in the event, but it was only about two-three years old. However, he said it was very worthwhile.
"I would rate it highly," he said, "except for the fact that we didn't get to participate in the mock election."
Vannada said the mock election was one of the major draws for him, but that the presentations went on too long that there was no time for them.
Vannada said that Paul Garrison, the group's bus driver, was able to include a short tour of Little Rock for the group.
Another high point of the trip was the voter registration of student Kenny Smith. Vannada said that the students were told how to register to vote and that Smith went through the process and is now an officially registered voter.
The group was limited to five. Students who attended were: Smith, Elizabeth di Paloa, Victoria Benson, Kalem Rouse, and Kacy Lyman.
"I would definitely take them back again," said Vannada.