Any given day at the North Carolina General Assembly finds groups of schoolchildren lined up outside the glass double doors waiting for tours and to sit in the gallery to watch lawmakers in the afternoons.
 
But a group of 41 kids from a charter high school in Durham actually jumped into the task of advocacy, pushing lawmakers on a range of issues from teen tobacco-cessation funding to policy changes around cancer chemotherapy drugs.
 
“I’m just generally trying to advocate and support for all these bills, especially the tobacco education,” said 15-year-old Katerina Lamm, one of the students from Steven Gatlin’s civics and economics class at Voyager Academy.
 
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Voyager Academy Tobacco Education