Local High School Hosts Political Forum

By: Dana Arquilla
By: Dana Arquilla

Candidates vying for the District 6 House seat had many people to answer to early Wednesday morning, a whole gymnasium full of Wewahitchka High juniors and seniors.

Jennifer Rhodes, a junior, said, "I think it's good that we as students got to take part in it because we don't know everything about politics and this was a very practical learning experience."

Thanks to government and American history teacher Matt Bullard, students got real life experience of researching, rehearsing, and presenting questions in a political manner to Republican and Democratic candidates.

Candidates had two minutes to state their platform. Then, one by one, a panel of students approached the podium to question the office-seekers. From an educational standpoint, this event had a twofold objective.

Matt Bullard teacher, said, "To allow these students to participate in the political process; that's the main thing, to give them some hands-on experience. Also to get in front of a crowd to speak."

The students learn the dynamics of politics, and the candidates can brush up on the issues facing a younger generation, and if you can gain the support of these young, current and future voters, it may be easier to succeed in Tallahassee.

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