Pathfinder

  • Our next district late start is tomorrow morning! Classes start at 9:35 a.m., and don't forget to bring your Ted Drewes tickets!

  • Seniors: commencement speaker applications are available in Dr. Sink's office.; they are due Fri. March 15 at 2:45 p.m.

  • Did you play a fall sport or participate in a performing art? Have a 3.0 GPA? Pick up your free Best of West tee shirt from Mrs. Debenport!

Students take charge in Student-Sponsored Candidate Forum

Candidate+Cort+VanOstran+addresses+the+crowd+during+the+Student-Sponsored+Candidate+Forum+Oct.+22.+Of+the+four+candidates%2C+Democrat+VanOstran+and+Libertarian+Larry+Kirk+were+the+only+two+to+attend.+%22Whatever+your+political+view+is+I+definitely+think+it%27s+important+that+you+are+able+to+learn+about+and+get+to+know+the+people+you+are+voting+for+or+who+represent+you%2C%22+junior+and+co-planner+Sabrina+Bohn+said.+
Back to Article
Back to Article

Students take charge in Student-Sponsored Candidate Forum

Candidate Cort VanOstran addresses the crowd during the Student-Sponsored Candidate Forum Oct. 22. Of the four candidates, Democrat VanOstran and Libertarian Larry Kirk were the only two to attend.

Candidate Cort VanOstran addresses the crowd during the Student-Sponsored Candidate Forum Oct. 22. Of the four candidates, Democrat VanOstran and Libertarian Larry Kirk were the only two to attend. "Whatever your political view is I definitely think it's important that you are able to learn about and get to know the people you are voting for or who represent you," junior and co-planner Sabrina Bohn said.

Sunny Lu

Candidate Cort VanOstran addresses the crowd during the Student-Sponsored Candidate Forum Oct. 22. Of the four candidates, Democrat VanOstran and Libertarian Larry Kirk were the only two to attend. "Whatever your political view is I definitely think it's important that you are able to learn about and get to know the people you are voting for or who represent you," junior and co-planner Sabrina Bohn said.

Sunny Lu

Sunny Lu

Candidate Cort VanOstran addresses the crowd during the Student-Sponsored Candidate Forum Oct. 22. Of the four candidates, Democrat VanOstran and Libertarian Larry Kirk were the only two to attend. "Whatever your political view is I definitely think it's important that you are able to learn about and get to know the people you are voting for or who represent you," junior and co-planner Sabrina Bohn said.

Carly Anderson, Copy Editor

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






With nearly three months of planning behind them, students involved in organizing and executing the Parkway Student-Sponsored Candidate forum have put together a meeting for Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Parkway Central High School theatre.

“This is a student-sponsored forum, so we want the focus to be on the students, like what the students need and want or are curious about because it’s another way for them to get involved and to see how politics affect students,” junior and co-planner of the event Sabrina Bohn said.

The forum was kickstarted by Central teacher Lee Johnson, who contacted and invited all honor societies and organizations that appeared to be politically oriented.

“After having conversations with a couple of students who wanted to have a Student Candidate forum, I reached out to the sponsors of Rho Kappa [National Social Studies Honor Society] and National Honor Society, asking if their organization was interested in sponsoring the candidate forum along with Colts Demand Action,” Johnson said.

Behind the scenes, students from West, Central and South have been in charge of contacting the candidates, collecting questions from additional students and organizing the location and mechanics of the event. It was also be live streamed for anyone interested in attending who can not make it to the physical event.

“The students are doing it, I’m simply someone who is there to bounce ideas off of and advocate for them behind the scenes,” Johnson said. “I work hard to allow the students to communicate with others. I only helped them edit the draft letters they sent to candidates and I shared the Google Form with [Humanities Coordinator] Erin Croley to forward to Parkway students.”

It is integral to be an active member in our society and to get involved in the processes which affect us. As a young person in the U.S., I will likely be affected by these policies far longer than those currently in power,”

— Zahva Naeem

Letters, emails and other messages were sent to candidates Ann Wagner, Cort Vanostran, David Arnold and Larry Kirk as invitations to attend the forum and answer pre-screened questions from Parkway students. Candidate Wagner has not yet responded to the invitations.

“It’s frustrating because we want to be able to represent all sides of the political spectrum,” Bohn said. “We have a Libertarian, a Democrat and a Green Party candidate, so all we’re missing is the Republican. I would really want to hear what Ann Wagner has to say but I think it says something if she’s not actively involved in her community.”

Courtesy of Sabrina Bohn
A flyer advertises the Student-Sponsored Candidate Forum for Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District.

Alongside wanting to be a leader, Parkway Central senior and co-planner Zahva Naeem wants to emphasize the importance of student involvement in local politics.

“It is integral to be an active member in our society and to get involved in the processes which affect us. As a young person in the U.S., I will likely be affected by these policies far longer than those currently in power,” Naeem said. “Politics is one avenue than I can pursue in order to actively engage in social justice-based activism within my community.”

Johnson, who has been observing the planning process, wants to ensure that students take the opportunity to increase civic engagement and find their voice.

“I think this continues to be a very beneficial learning experience for all involved, and can be a productive and meaningful experience for all, regardless of background, identity or political opinions,” Johnson said. “As a teacher, I feel obligated to help students lead the way. Students often have the passion to make a difference, yet lack the proper direction or resources to do so. My goal is help students discover their own voice and learn the importance of conversation and of listening, truly hearing others and sharing their opinions.”   

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
About the Writer
Carly Anderson, COPY EDITOR

Grade:  11

Years on Staff:  3

If you were a fictional character, who would you be?  Oscar the Grouch

Does the toilet paper go over or under...

Leave a Comment

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Left
  • Students take charge in Student-Sponsored Candidate Forum

    news

    St. Louis youth gather downtown to demand action regarding climate change

  • Students take charge in Student-Sponsored Candidate Forum

    news

    The Parkway Step Team plans to attend a national competition in Virginia

  • Students take charge in Student-Sponsored Candidate Forum

    news

    Students organize a walkout combatting environmental apathy

  • Students take charge in Student-Sponsored Candidate Forum

    news

    Latin program faces potential cuts

  • Students take charge in Student-Sponsored Candidate Forum

    news

    What’s the buzz? Everything you need to know about this year’s buzzbook

  • Students take charge in Student-Sponsored Candidate Forum

    news

    Students and staff prepare for second annual Day of Service

  • Students take charge in Student-Sponsored Candidate Forum

    news

    SSJLAC attends book discussion with best selling author Nic Stone

  • Students take charge in Student-Sponsored Candidate Forum

    news

    Chess team savors last year with four senior players as state championship nears

  • Students take charge in Student-Sponsored Candidate Forum

    news

    Day of Service inspires First Annual Month of Love

  • Students take charge in Student-Sponsored Candidate Forum

    news

    African-American students strive to embody qualities of leadership

Navigate Right
The Official Student News Site of Parkway West High
Students take charge in Student-Sponsored Candidate Forum