New Club Forms Debates on Politics, World Events

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), December 3, 2001 | Go to article overview

New Club Forms Debates on Politics, World Events


Byline: Carie Maher

While some Naperville North High School students are going home or participating in other after-school activities, a group of politically aware students discusses current events and social issues during Junior State of America meetings.

Ranging from freshmen to seniors, group members meet every Wednesday to focus on topics such as social taboos, the idea of conforming to non-conformity, acceptance, helping the poor and the war in Afghanistan. Other meetings have included formal debates and impromptu speeches on such topics as abortion.

After the discussions have ended, everyone walks away as friends, accepting that people are prone to have different opinions on any given subject.

Junior State of America is a nationwide organization for high school students interested in politics or debate.

"We want to give students the opportunity to express views in (light) of recent world events in a completely student-run organization," said Katie Sullivan, 16, of Naperville.

Sullivan is a co-founder of the school's junior state chapter and also is in charge of the club's public relations. Students moderate the debates, decide what each meeting will entail and plan every detail of what the club will do. …

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