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Pathway to Politics

Four students in Laureen Kennedy’s Advanced Placement government class at Elwood-John H. Glenn High School recently attended the “Running and Winning” workshop. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters in Huntington, the program aims to encourage local high school girls to get involved in politics and/or public policy.

During the event, students Gabrielle Abrams, Tytiana Christmas, Grace Franzese and Katherine McVetty met with nine female elected officials from Suffolk County Huntington Township. They interviewed the elected officials to ask about their education, experiences, the campaign process and their day-to-day responsibilities.

The high school students were challenged with the task of creating “virtual candidates” by developing various campaign materials including a speech, slogan, campaign button and bumper sticker. Each table presented their campaign to the entire group.

“Each of the girls expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to meet the elected officials and consider public service in some form as a career goal,” said Kennedy.