Local Inauguration Watch Party

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The presidential inauguration is not only an American privilege, it’s also a learning tool for children and teens.
 
A local high school wanted to stress the importance of the historical stand point of this day to its students. 
 
Many watch parties across the Wabash Valley happened in government, history and English classes.
 
Not matter the setting, today provided local students a great lesson in democracy.
 
“It was interesting to see the speeches that were given, considering the division in the country recently,” says William J. Drappo, a senior at Sullivan High. “It seems very uniting, yeah.” 
 
For students at Sullivan High School, juniors and seniors watched the inauguration of our  45th president on live TV. 
 
“It provides an opportunity for students and all Americans to see people of different perspectives come together and be respectful and the peaceful transition of power,” says Mr. Will Simmons, a teacher at Sullivan High.
 
“This is actually the first inauguration I’ve ever watched,” says Kateland Speed, junior. “I think everyone should experience it at least once.”
 
Behind a whirlwind of a campaign season and headlines that made citizens question their choices, some students are still uneasy about the transition of power. 
 
“I thought it was ok,” says John Wyatt Gettinger, senior. “I’m a little disappointed in him becoming president, but I’m also happy at the same time because we live in a country where there is a peaceful transition of power every four years or eight years.”
 
But despite their opinions, the purpose of watching the presidential inauguration is for more than just a classroom assignment.
 
“It’s not a class assignment but it is important because civics is an essential part of functioning as a well-ordered society,” says Mr. Simmons. “And seeing that people from all different walks of life can still come together and get along in a peaceful process is a valuable lesson for any student to learn.” 
 
And hopefully, the lessons learned will be remembered as these students become adults.
 
“I think it’s important that people inform themselves with what’s going on in politics, I mean, basically because it affects them,” says Gettinger. “It affects everyone.”
 
Will Simmons also told WTWO that what he wants his students to take away from the speech, is that there is a place for them in government. 
 
He urges his students to be active agents in government and hold legislators accountable. 

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