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Center for Law and Global Policy Development hosts debate


LEXINGTON, S.C. — Days before the 2016 general election, Lexington County School District One students demonstrated the spirit of democracy.

The district’s Center for Law and Global Policy Development hosted the 2nd Congressional District Debate on Friday, November 4, 2016, in the Performing Arts Center located at River Bluff High School.

Center for Law and Global Policy Development students and teachers, with technical support from students studying in the district’s Center for Media Arts, Design and Production, organized and produced the debate.

U.S. Congressman Joe Wilson, the Republican incumbent, Democratic Candidate Arik Bjorn and American Party Candidate Eddie McCain all participated. A panel of students asked each candidate a series of questions submitted by students.

Classes from Lexington High and Lexington Elementary joined other River Bluff High students for the debate, which was streamed live via YouTube.

Moderated by Center for Law and Global Policy Development Lead Teacher Meg Huggins, who is also the district’s current Teacher of the Year, the debate focused on the topics of American Strength, American Prosperity and American Society.

Four second-year Center students, Alex Bowers, Audra Knight, Georgia Loadholt and Megan Simmons, asked questions about job creation, gun laws, the national debt, health care and other subjects of interest to voters.

“It’s really important that all students think about issues outside of our community,” Bowers said.

Most of the students in attendance Friday are not able to cast a vote on November 8, but they realized the importance of the issues being discussed by the candidates and how decisions about those will affect them.

Loadholt noted students can get involved in the election process even without casting a vote. “The debate is a great opportunity to learn about civil discourse,” Loadholt said. “It’s important for students to know they have a voice and, even if they can’t vote, they can campaign and volunteer.”

Voters can view the complete debate produced by the district’s Center for Media Arts, Design and Production online.

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