jan. 6, 2016
On Jan. 4, Congressman Chris Gibson visited Liberty High School to discuss current events and issues with the school’s juniors and seniors. He held an open discussion about what it means to be a citizen and talked at length about his job, his time in the Army, and how his education prepared him for where he is now.
Congressman Gibson said that he visits several school districts monthly as a way to take part in an open dialogue with students and encourage them to take advantage of our rights. Being an upstanding citizen, he said, means that we should all recognize our rights as well as our responsibility to stay informed on current affairs.
“There is no finer place to make yourself than here and now,” he said, encouraging students to stay engaged, informed, and ready to form decisions about their political and personal views. “Each one of you has your own different set of strengths and skills and I wish you all the best.”
“The Congressman’s enthusiasm and concern for the youth today was evident as he discussed his positive vision and plan for job growth and revitalization,” Liberty High School social studies teacher Julie Buck said. “Students were engaged and enjoyed the positive as well as truthful feedback from the Congressman.
Students asked questions on wide range of topics, including the presidential election, candidates, immigration, the Syrian refugee crisis, gun control and Common Core. Congressman Gibson spoke very candidly and took time to talk and take pictures individually with students following the assembly.
“It was an honor to have the Congressman speak to our students,” Liberty Middle/High School Principal Jack Strassman said. “He answered their questions with detail and honesty and it was a great way to start the New Year.”