05092018 Manar Keele McConnell 350SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar welcomed Madison Keele, a senior at Nokomis High School, and Emma McConnell, an eighth-grader at Lutheran School Association of Decatur, to the Capitol last week as his senators for the day.

Keele, 18, of Nokomis is the daughter of Brent and Amanda Keele. She follows politics closely, enjoys reading and art, and has a passion for language. She will attend Cornell University in the fall, where she plans to double major in government and Russian. She intends to go to law school after earning her degrees.

McConnell, 13, of Oreana is the daughter of Gary McConnell and Heather McConnell-Smith and Kevin Smith. She plays soccer and is involved in choir, Girls Who Code, and St. John’s Youth Group. She enjoys reading and writing.

Keele and McConnell visited the Capitol on Wednesday, May 9. While there, they toured the building and accompanied Manar on the Senate floor for a busy afternoon of debate and votes on key legislation.

Each teen spoke with Manar for a video about their experience at the Capitol, their education, their interests and their plans for the future. Watch their videos below.


Madison Keele and State Senator Andy Manar senator for a day video


Emma McConnell and State Senator Andy Manar senator for a day video

Category: People of the 48th