It's not often that high school student have access to a Missouri political figure, but last week, a few government classes at Hazelwood West High School (HWHS) had just that.
State Treasurer Clint Zweifel swung by HWHS and took some time to visit with government students. Zweifel is Hazelwood West High School alumni, graduating in 1992.
His office personally invited Hazelwood Patch to sit in on his discussion.
"The Treasurer will speak to the students about his office and the role state government can play in shaping their everyday lives," Sarah Felts in Zweifel's office said before the event.
Zweifel spoke to students about his time at HWHS and his time since graduating.
“It’s wonderful to be back to a place that has helped me along in life,” he said.
Zweifel spoke to the students about making small investments in their lives, encouraging them to make good grades, play sports and take advantage of all the school's clubs and organizations.
“Making smart investments, working hard and asking others for help will help you be successful," he said. "I was fortunate enough to have teachers who took the time to invest in me."
Zweifel praised his teachers that helped give him confidence, and encouraged students that asked about getting into politics to get involved in local government.