TIPP CITY — The 40 students enrolled in Tippecanoe High School’s Advanced Placement Government classes are hosting a Meet the Candidates Night on Thursday, Oct. 26. Students are investing their time to give community members a platform to learn more about the four candidates running for the Board of Education.
“It’s important to invest my time meeting the candidates and seeing what their intentions are on the school board because I want the best for me and my community while learning,” said student Taylor Buchanan.
The candidates are Corine Doll, Joellen Heatherly, Frank Maus, and Eric Windeknecht.
The hour-long event starts at 7 p.m. in the high school’s Center for Performing Arts.
AP Government is an intensive study of the structures of government and processes of the American political system with an emphasis on policy-making. Researching important issues, writing candidate questions, and organizing this event gives students hands-on experience that complements the curriculum.
“This ties into the class by teaching us about formal debate, the voting process, as well as local government and campaigning,” said student Claire Hinkle.
Many students enrolled in this class are first-time voters.
“It’s important for voices of the students to be heard. We can bring our views and concerns forward to be discussed along with the concerns of the adult community. We gain a personal experience from a young age about how to involve ourselves in the politics of our city,” said student Alissa Buynak.
The event is open to the public. Though students are preparing questions with the help of a local newspaper editor, audience members will have an opportunity to write out their questions they would like to ask the four candidates.
AP Government teacher Randy Sentman said the format is designed to allow the community to learn more about each candidate’s background, position on relevant issues, platforms, and goals.
Student Alex Rittenhouse summed up the significance of the event, saying, “I feel it is important that we hold this night so that students and the community have a chance to meet the people that could potentially run the school.”