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WHS Students to attend Capitol Forum

February 27, 2014

Waverly high school students will be experiencing what it is like to shape US foreign policy through a national program entitled, “Choices: The Role of the US in the World Today”.  This program is sponsored by Brown University (Rhode Island) on the national level and by Humanities Nebraska at the state level.  Twenty schools were accepted into the program in Nebraska.  


Waverly’s high school macroeconomics class of 34 students researched the history of the role of the US in the World in three phases: Up to World War I, through World War II, and present.  Students then debated four options through a mock Senate hearing about what the role of the US should be in as our nation moves forward in the 21st century.  Finally, as a class, students electronically voted on one of four choices for US foreign policy moving forward.


From macroeconomics, four students were selected to attend Humanities Nebraska Capitol Forum Day at the State Capitol on March 24th.  Dylan Janecek, Peyton Schneider, Jared Viets, and Jared Story will represent Waverly as they debate other students, meet state senators, and question our national representatives and senators.  Each is an expert in a foreign policy field: Dylan in immigration, Peyton in trade, Jared Viets in nuclear proliferation, and Jared Story in terrorism. Upon returning from this, these four will present to the class a synopsis of their day.


Along with these four students, three students were selected to design and create the poster to be displayed in the Capitol Building. This poster will visually represent the students’ view of “the Role of the US in the World Today”. These students are Gracie Welling, Laurel Preuit, and Alysha Hunkins.


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