Oceanside High School to host student presentations on ‘Key U.S. Global Strategic Interests’
On Thursday evening, May 17, the Informed Young Leaders Series begins its fourth year of PechaKucha-style presentations by local high school students addressing vital political issues.
Students from two Midcoast schools -- Medomak Valley HS (Waldoboro) and Oceanside HS (Rockland) – will be delivering PechaKucha-style presentations (20 slides, 20 seconds per slide) on perhaps the most challenging topic in the history of the event: “Key U.S. Global Strategic Interest Over the Next Ten Years”. Students have been challenged to address this topic, which is based on the famous statement from British statesman, Lord Palmerston, who declared, “I say that it is a narrow policy to suppose that this country or that is to be marked out as the eternal ally or the perpetual enemy of England. We have no eternal allies, and we have no perpetual enemies. Our interests are eternal and perpetual, and those interests it is our duty to follow.”
The event is taking place on Thursday, May 17, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Oceanside High School auditorium in Rockland. As always, this event is open to the public with no admission charge, and refreshments will be available.
The Informed Young Leaders Series has received praise from lawmakers, teachers, administrators and parents alike, including Gov. LePage and Senator Susan Collins.
“This is topic has proven especially challenging to our students because it encourages students to look at issues, not from their personal point of view, but from the view of the country as a sovereign nation,” said Jake Newcomb, the social studies teacher from Medomak Valley High School. Katie Nicholls of Oceanside High School echoed Jake Newcomb’s comments, saying, ‘This Spring’s program offers students the challenge to look beyond their personal beliefs and look objectively at what are the most pressing strategic issues facing our country as a whole.’
As part of the ongoing program, students will have rehearsed with members of the Informed Young Leaders team of community mentor advisors prior to the event.
The First Bank Eastern and Tire & Rubber and are once again the lead sponsors for this year’s program, Courier Publications/Village Soup is the media sponsor for the upcoming events.
First Bank Vice President, Jake Miller, recently presented the Informed Young Leaders founder, Nick Lapham, with a sponsorship check to fund filming of the event so students can submit video copies of their presentations with their college applications.