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Politics students at US Embassy to analyse presidential campaign

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Long Road Sixth Form College students have had several opportunities to find out more about US Politics in the last year: a visit to the college by the US Ambassador to the UK, Matthew Barzun, a visit to the Embassy Residence in London, and attending the ‘Town Hall’ meeting by President Barack Obama in London.

The latest, and perhaps most topical event, was a visit to the US Embassy to find out more about the two US presidential candidates and to study and debate their campaigns.

Politics student Thomas Shortt, 17, explains:

“Students from a small number of national sixth forms were invited to travel to the US Embassy in Grosvenor Square, London, to meet the US Ambassador, Matthew Barzun, and watch a special preview of The Choice 2016. This documentary analyses both of the main candidates (Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton) for the presidency, examining their backgrounds, upbringings and what shaped their political opinions and beliefs.

torrin-wilkes-presenting-his-groups-findings“We then took part in workshops to analyse the candidates’ campaigns and strategies, and what this means for the US voter. This was followed by student speeches summarising their group’s findings. The Long Road speaker was Torrin Wilkins, 17.

“To round off the event, the Ambassador gave a thought-provoking speech.”

Dave Evans, Head of Politics, says: “We are very grateful to the US Embassy for offering our students these amazing opportunities to engage in the US political process. Our students have come away with new ideas and understanding of the way that democracy operates in the United States. This will be extremely useful for their future studies.”

Main photo: Students outside the US Embassy in London
Back row: Ryan Thrift (17), Rory Thompson (16), Daniel Colthart (16), Connie Kimpton (16), Connor Docwra (17), Princess Tamou (16), Izzy McNally (16), Lucy McMahon (17), Torrin Wilkins (17)
Standing at the front in the middle: Phoebe Douglas (16)
Kneeling: Oliver Paine, Saffron Hope (17)
Not in the photo: Thomas Shortt, Harvey Monck

Smaller photo: Torrin Wilkins presenting his group’s findings.jpg