Lending a voice

Elkhorn South’s first politics club strives to help students’ voices be heard in politics

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Lending a voice

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Today’s political climate is incredibly charged, with divisive opinions widening the gap between demographics. This harsh environment has begun to inspire a new generation to participate in politics, and motivated kids to be the change they wish to see in society. This drive to make a difference was what motivated senior Noble Rai to found Elkhorn South’s first nonpartisan politics club.

“I was really motivated to start this club from past experiences; AP Gov. and boys state, and seeing how many opportunities there were for people to participate in local government,” Rai said.

Traditionally, young people have had less involvement in politics than their adult counterparts. However, thanks to recent change, students are making their own voices hear, and encouraging fellow students to do the same.

“I want other students to get involved in politics because a really important part of being a good citizen and doing your civic duty is being politically engaged,” senior member Neel Sharma said. “The best way to do that is getting informed and voting.”

For other members, the realization that voting determines their future is beginning to hit them, and not without motivation for action.

“I think it’s important for students to vote because the younger generation will actually experience the lasting effects of these elections,” Sharma said.

This realization is a bit of a wake up slap for others, helping them realize the importance of determining their futures.

“As I got older I started becoming more interest in politics,” club Vice President David Meyers said. “I realized it has a big effect on my life.”

It’s never too soon to get involved, and students looking to educate themselves and participate in civil discussion are encouraged to attend a meeting. By voting and participating in local and national politics, students can speak up for a generation of voters that have their own needs and requests.

“If you have any problems with the world around you, you have the chance to make the changes that you would like to see,” Sharma said.

The club’s enthusiasm for political involvement ranges from national to local. This determination led Noble Rai to put on a town hall meeting for the running candidates, allowing candidates to answer some questions and for students and citizens alike to raise questions. The event garnered moderate attention, with a few parents, teachers, and students attending.

“Overall, I think it [the meeting] was a success.” “It really helped people see the candidates in a different light,” club member Joey Schafer.

With elections rapidly approaching in November, the Politics Club strongly suggests new members of any party to join the discussion. New opinions are always welcomed, and the club is looking to grow. Participation is nonpartisan, and any and all opinions are welcomed.

“It feels like now, more than ever, it’s important for everyone’s voice to be heard,” Rai said.