-By student, Kayla Hubbard (originally published in the VCS, Spirit of One, Feb. 2016 issue)
Wisconsin is one of the few states to claim a five-to-seven ratio of women to men on the state’s Supreme Court. Valley Christian School had the honor of hearing from one of the justices, Justice Annette Ziegler.
Once again, teacher Tom Winkels secured a visit from another government authority, within days of Governor Walker’s coming. Justice Ziegler came and talked to students about her story, as well as the inner workings of the judicial system.
Justice Ziegler, much like Governor Walker, started off with humble origins. She started work in her parent’s hardware store in a rural area, where she learned many of the work ethics she holds to today. Said sophomore Nehemias Gutierrez, ”It’s nice to see how she came from a small town, with all the different steps going up to becoming a supreme court justice.”
Not only did Justice Ziegler give students her history, she also explained much about how the court system works.
“ She described the justice system and her role in it in a very understandable way,” said teacher Jeanne Gutierrez. “And as an authority figure, she came off as very approachable and human.”
Justice Ziegler displayed an enthusiasm for interacting with and helping to educate students in schools all over Wisconsin, as well as being involved in the community.
Said Ziegler: “When you’re active in the community, I think it helps you keep your finger on the pulse. It’s easy for people to ascend to the level of Supreme Court justice and just disconnect. You have to focus…or you just don’t do any good.”