High School Students Prepare for Congressional Debate

By: Litsa Pappas Email
By: Litsa Pappas Email

BRIDGEWATER, Va -- Students at Turner Ashby High School are getting ready to host the debate between Congressman Bob Goodlatte and his opponent, Andy Schmookler. They are setting the stage, testing the audio and some students, like Hunter Mortan, got to come up with the questions.

"Even though so many people see this and so many people are going to be analyzing what they respond to, we're the people who put forth those questions. Like, we're the brains behind the questions. I think that's absolutely amazing," said Hunter.

The students at Turner Ashby were excited to host such a big political event in their high school. Their teacher, Bill Kyger, said it has been a lot of fun to prepare for, but it has also been a lot of hard work.

"How we're going to manage the audience that will be here, getting them in the building and then getting them out of the building because we're running on about an 8 or 9 minute differential between the end of the debate and the beginning of the first lunch here," said Kyger.

Kyger says above all the hard work, preparing for the debate has been a great learning experience for his students.

"I could've taught this all year long from a textbook and these kids would have never gotten anything out of it, but by teaching it this way and having their active involvement, these kids are juiced about not just the Congressional election. These kids are juiced about the whole presidential election now. They're fired up."

Hunter described what it was like to organize the event.

"I thought it was really cool how we all worked together, tried to solve the issues, try to think of the questions and what not. It was really fun to try and get that camaraderie and that thought process going on inside the classroom," said Hunter.

That thought process that is getting these students ready to cast their own vote in the future.

The debate will be held at Turner Ashby High School at 10:30 a.m. on Monday. Kyger said if you plan on attending, get there around 10 a.m., since the debate will start right on time.

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