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West Holt Students Attend Capital Forum

Mr. Nemetz

March 30, 2019



Four West Holt students; Kooper Jelinek, Cole Laible, Anna Albrecht and Carli Wetzel were among those in attendance of the 26th annual Nebraska Capitol Forum on America’s future held on March 29th in Lincoln.

Members of Nebraska’s congressional delegation met with a group of more than 100 high school students to answer foreign policy questions as part of a daylong forum in which the students discussed the U.S.’s role in today’s world.

The forum is a collaboration of the Humanities Nebraska and Secretary of State’s office. The students and their teachers represent high schools in Lincoln, Omaha, Ashland, Atkinson, Auburn, Bellevue, Chadron, Falls City, Grand Island, Hampton, Hastings, Holdrege, Howells, McCook, Norfolk, Springfield, Stanton, Sterling and Wilcox.

Capitol Forum is a civic education initiative designed to give high school students a voice in public policy. Over the past months, students have studied and deliberated foreign policy issues in the classroom. On March 29th, student representatives from each school engaged in discussion among themselves and with policymakers on such issues as immigration, nuclear weapon proliferation, terrorism, international trade, and climate change. They deliberated on four distinct options for the future of U.S. foreign policy, culminating in a conversation with members of Nebraska’s congressional delegation.  Congressmen Fortenberry was there in person, while Congressmen Smith and Bacon attended via teleconference.

Picture below – Anna Albrecht, Kooper Jelinek, Congressman Fortenberry, Cole Laible and Carlie Wetzel


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