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Waverly students attend Capitol Forum

March 20, 2018

The Capitol Forum is a national event that encompasses over 30 states.  It is sponsored nationally by Brown University (NY) and in Nebraska by Humanities Nebraska. 

25 schools send 4 selected students to the State Capitol building to debate the "Role of the US in the World Today".  They meet in the Warner Chamber (the house that was eliminated in the 1930s when we became a unicameral) and discuss and debate the following:  1) Terrorism.  2) Trade.  3) Nuclear Proliferation.  4) Immigration.  And 5) Climate Change.

The students debate these issues in the morning.  Then, in the afternoon they are split up into four "futures" on what the US should do moving forward.  1) Make the World Safe for Democracy.  2) Protect US interests abroad.  3) Make the world more cooperative.  4) Focus at home.  They discuss this in the Warner Chamber and then vote on the "future". This is sent to Brown University for a nationwide forum.

Along with all of this, the students had to make a poster that represented Waverly's views of the "US Role in the World Today". Analiese, Isaiah, Parker, and Clay polled our populous and displayed the results.

Finally, other items of interest:  Secretary of State John Gale spoke.  Lt Governor Foley spoke.  US Senator Ben Sasse sent a video (he is usually live).  And the students were able to ask questions to all 3 of our US Reps (Fortenberry, Bacon, and Smith).

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