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‘Rock the Caucus’ Rocks at Valley

Today, Valley High School seniors had an incredible opportunity to learn about the caucus process and register to vote in the 2012 elections, for which they will be eligible.

Rock the Vote teamed up with Iowa Secretary of State and VHS alumnus Matt Schultz to sponsor a senior student assembly and announce Rock the Caucus, which is a program to help educators prepare students for the caucus process and the 2012 elections. The assembly was hosted by Valley High School’s Student Council.

Students heard Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann and four of Mitt Romney’s five sons speak about their campaigns. Democratic Party Chair Sue Dvorsky was also a featured speaker. They also witnessed the amazing media attention Iowa receives during the caucus. More than 300 members of the local, national and international media arrived on campus to cover the event.

Photo by Carl Sundermann

The nearly 800 students listened to classmates Jasmine Au, Laney Abrahamson, Ben Weinberg and Maddy Baker stump for their positions on school issues as part of a mock caucus exercise. These four outstanding students also had the opportunity to interview and introduce the presidential candidates.

Students visit the C-SPAN bus.

After the assembly,  students in history and social studies classes visited the C-SPAN bus, which provides an interactive, educational experience to promote thought and discussion of government and public affairs.

These events offered an enhancement to the many curricular activities that have occurred over that past several weeks about the election process.

Keep the learning going by asking the young adults in your life about today’s events – including the caucuses – and what they know about the election process.