As you are reading this article, Alberta’s provincial election will be behind us. The voice of the people will have been heard, a provincial leader chosen and a government caucus either formed or kept as it was.
To vote for the person we choose to represent and oversee our province, a bit of knowledge and political savvy is required: passion and party loyalty also comes into play. For close to twenty years, a dynamic and inspired group in our County of Leduc has had a mandate to help regional voters get better informed and has succeeded in this, to the great appreciation of hundreds of local residents.
Before every municipal, provincial or federal election, the New Sarepta High School Social Studies classes, under the competent and dedicated leadership of Mrs. Kirsten Newman hosts a Candidates Forum to prepare New Sarepta and County residents. After weeks of preparation, on Wednesday April 29th, less than one week before Alberta’s provincial election, twenty-six of Mrs. Newman’s students hosted an engaging, informative and dynamic Candidates Forum.
With five regional candidates at the head table facing a packed gymnasium, the forum was emceeed by Emily Koslo, who read the audience’s questions forwarded to her by Brandon Kellert. Brandon shared that his duties were a bit stressful, as he had to choose from the many questions submitted, but as he did with the Leduc County elections, he enjoyed his role.
Mrs. Newman shared that “Our Grades 10, 11 and 12 Social Studies students always look forward to such an event. It brings the reality of politics right on their doorstep. I am especially proud when I see former students, all grown up, attending this event.”
Mrs. Teresa Koslo, Emily’s mother, was an enthusiastic audience member who has been attending these New Sarepta High School forums for fifteen years; “This was the largest forum crowd I have seen here. I am proud of this community’s engagement: what a turnout!”
Following the forum, as residents approached the candidates and engaged in lively discussion, the Forum Committee’s members cheerfully agreed to a group photo with their teacher. We commend Mrs. Newman for inspiring passion and political interest in these young hearts and minds!