Six Seniors Intern for Warren Campaign
by Gabriella Blake on Friday, April 20th, 2012
Seniors Adam Beckman, Christine Cahill, Deema Dahleh, Martin Page, Elisabeth Perold, and Gina Starfield plan to spend their senior projects learning about politics through the Elizabeth Warren campaign for U.S. senate in Massachusetts. From gathering and interpreting poll data, to helping at the campaigning events, the seniors’ work will include a large variety of tasks. Hoping to learn about politics by both starting their days reading the Boston Globe and getting a hands-on experience with campaigning, the six seniors are excited to get started.
With faculty supervisor Mr. Emmott observing their progress, the students will be working at the campaign office located in Somerville four days each week. Mentored by volunteer manager Michael Blumenthal, the students will ultimately learn how a campaign functions while getting acquainted with current political issues as well as Warren’s policies.
Milton Academy’s senior projects provide a time for seniors to pursue passions that a typical Milton schedule restricts. The seniors working with Elizabeth Warren hope to experience how a campaign is run while discovering more about politics through the process.
The students’ idea for their project budded when Adam Beckman approached a few of the seniors with his hopes to work with Elizabeth Warren’s campaign. Excited, the seniors immediately decided to get involved.
Elisabeth Perold shares that the six are “really lucky to be able to see the inner workings of a campaign.”
Martin Page comments, “Personally, I want as much political experience as possible. I haven’t ruled out working in politics after college, so any experience would be great.” Page, and the others alike, hope to use their senior project time productively by familiarizing themselves with the world of politics and letting the experience possibly sway their future careers.
Gina Starfield notes, “I have always been interested in politics and have often wondered how the inside of a campaign works. I thought that volunteering would provide a way for me to help the campaign and to learn how they function.”
On the last day of their project, the six seniors will meet to make a final PowerPoint presentation on their work with the campaign. Page anticipates the presentation “will inspire other students to get involved in politics or at least stay informed.”
Starfield agrees, “I hope that this project will inspire students to become more politically involved. Hopefully it will show those over 18 the importance of voting for elections other than the presidential one.”
Perold notes that it will be beneficial for Milton Academy’s students to become more politically aware through this presentation but she also includes, “I think our goal is to bring those local and national issues into the context of how a campaign is run.”
Students should look forward to an informative presentation this spring about the experiences of the six seniors working with the Elizabeth Warren campaign.
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