Senator Bernie Sanders learned what concerns young people in Vermont from the finalists of his annual essay competition.
The Statehouse Meeting Hall was filled with intelligent high schoolers on Saturday morning.
“For eight years now, we’ve gotten kids from all over the state to write essays about what they would do… what kind of speech they would give if they were President of the United States,” Sen. Sanders said.
Young minds raised concerns to the Senator such as discrimination, cost of higher education and climate change. Other topics included dreamers, marijuana and sexism.
“It amazes me to hear what these young people are thinking about,” Sen. Sanders said.
One of those students was Zoe Prue. She is a junior at Champlain Valley Union High School who wrote an essay about universal healthcare.
“We should make that more of a priority because it would be really significant for the next generation of Americans,” Prue said. “We’re investing in a new workforce and I really believe that health is really… it’s a human right.”
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