Twenty DECA members from North High School and Cleveland Heights High School (Ohio) had the incredible opportunity to take a trip to Cleveland for the 2016 Republican National Convention (RNC) through our participation in the #DECAATTProject.
This trip gave DECA members the opportunity to listen to, and pick the brains of, some pretty successful people, one of them being Dr. Thomas C. Sutton. Dr. Sutton is a political science professor at Baldwin Wallace University, who spoke to our group about the election process and the purpose of the convention.
"It is great how you guys have a class like DECA [to be a part of], because business is not really typical in most high schools, so it’s providing you guys with great exposure,” Dr. Sutton said during his presentation.
Another wonderful speaker with whom I had the pleasure of speaking to was Tania Thomas, President of the Women of AT&T – Northeast Ohio Chapter, an AT&T Employee Resource Group. We discussed how big of a deal hosting the Republican National Convention was to Cleveland.
“It is a great conversation starter about politics for the people of Cleveland, and it’s also great for raising awareness of the need to be involved in civic proceedings,” Mrs. Thomas said.
Overall, the RNC Watch Party was a nice experience for me and my fellow classmates to dip a toe in the vast ocean of politics, and a few of us even found an interest to continue following the rest of the election!