Students of Deborah Brown's Yosemite High School government class assisted with the April 17 Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce debate held at the Oakhurst Community Center.
Among those present were Tiala Manning and Angelia Clark who helped with voter registration Allie Boyer and Brittney Hughey represented the school as reporters alongside those from the Sierra Star and Madera Tribune, asking questions of the candidates. Alec Simpson, no stranger to a stop watch, helped Oakhurst attorney Jim Watkins time the candidate's responses. Mariah Lincoln, Erin Asis, Andrew Selbicky, Christian Broussley, Nicole Tapia and Sara Wood all helped collect and sort out questions from the audience to give to the reporters.
After the debate was over all the students were pretty sure who they were going to vote for in the upcoming election. "This was so much fun and very informative" said Boyer. Boyer took away from the event that majoring in Political Science was indeed what she wanted to study in college. Alec Simpson was quite confident on who he was voting for for sheriff.
He went on to say " I know my parents and friends are going to ask me what I think and who do I think they should vote for." Students are learning that information is very powerful and the importance of knowing who and why you are voting for someone is essential in the democratic process.
"I am very proud of my students" Brown said. "Here we are on spring break, and a third of my class showed up to help. It's always heartwarming to see teenagers involved in the democratic process. It will be their country to run in the next few years. We were happy to help and look forward to assisting at the next debate on May 1 at the Elk's Lodge."