WCU political science students speak in high schools on representative democracy, voting

A “Poli-Cats to Class” presentation.

A “Poli-Cats to Class” presentation.

Western Carolina University students recently took the message of the importance of voting to area high schools.

Through “Poli-Cats to Class” students majoring in political science gave presentations in early October at Smoky Mountain High School, Tuscola High School and Macon County Early College, to about 130 high school students total, said Todd Collins, associate professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Affairs, and director of the WCU Public Policy Institute.

“Overall, the high school teachers and students were very receptive, and I believe that the WCU students enjoyed the opportunity to talk about the issues they have been learning about in their political science course,” Collins said. “The students fielded some tough questions from some very interested high school students. I took this as a pilot program to see how responsive the high schools were and if our students viewed it as a positive experience, to gauge possible future efforts.”

The five WCU students taking the democracy message to high schools were Brandon Truitt, Shelby Davidson, Jacob Lambert, Coleman Leopard and Benjamin Snedegar.