Ninth-graders prepare for Oakland Junior High's political convention

Thursday, October 25, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT
Jack Johnson, 15, left, and Jonah Lage, 15, prepare to represent their assigned gubernatorial candidate, Libertarian Jim Higgins, on Oct. 12 for Oakland Junior High School’s mock political convention. The convention will be held Thursday in Oakland's media center.

COLUMBIA — For the past two months, freshmen honors English and government students at Oakland Junior High School have been preparing for the school's political convention.

For the project, each student was assigned a current political candidate from the local, state or national level and then had to research his or her life, career and stance on issues before writing a speech, which they will deliver at the mock convention.

At the convention, students will have a booth featuring pamphlets, signs and pictures that they have created or found on their assigned candidates. They will be available to answer questions and will give a speech in support of their candidate as well.

The convention will be held Thursday in the school's media center from 1 to 4 p.m.

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.

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