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West Albany Students Write "Argument With Purpose" to the Next President

Publication: Albany Democrat-Herald
Date: October 28, 2016

Summary: Students at West Albany High School write letters to the next president, practicing their argument writing while gaining a sense of empowerment.


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It's kind of a sense of, 'Oh. Wait. What?' said Frenzel, who chose gender roles as her issue. 'You're nervous, because you want to make your point good so it can be heard.'

She and her classmates in Balmeo's class agreed this was an assignment they could get behind, however.

'I feel like it's important the president hears our voice,' said Jack Lamont, who urged the new president to tackle cyberbullying.

Added Courtney Rich, who advocates creating an independent watchdog group to evaluate allegations of police brutality: 'You get to come up with your own ideas ... It gets out there that there's a problem."

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