From the Norfolk Daily News – Dec. 3, 2015
High school organization enjoys discussing politics
by JERRY GUENTHER firstname.lastname@example.org
MADISON — For adults, it might be hard to imagine that many high school students can’t remember the attacks of Sept. 11.
The terrorist attacks that forever changed the nation more than 14 years ago occurred when today’s high school students weren’t born or were too young to remember.
That’s where organizations like the Junior Statesmen of America can help. The local organization spread information about it during high school classes on Sept. 11, which resulted in some teachers at Norfolk High School taking time to discuss it with students.
That was one of the stories shared with the Madison County board of commissioners during its latest regularly scheduled meeting.
Jesse Ferguson, a senior at Norfolk High School, is president of the organization, which is more common on the East Coast. Norfolk, currently the only chapter in Nebraska, has had a chapter for about 10 years.
Jesse and other officers with the Junior Statesmen of America said they are considered “isolated and collapsing” because there aren’t nearby chapters, but they would like to see it revitalized.
Their activities include such things as watching the presidential debates and discussing the candidates. They also have their own debates on current events, such as school shootings.
They also like to meet their political representatives when they come to the region.
“We just really like to be involved and stay in touch with them when we can,” Jesse said.
The group is raising $5,000 that will help it travel to an educational conference in Washington, D.C., or Chicago.
The commissioners thanked them for their interest in politics and involvement and suggested some groups that might be able to help them with fundraising.