My Support For Vickrey
By Allan Manuel
October 01, 2007
Hello everyone who's reading this! My name is Allan Manuel and
I am a senior at Ketchikan High School this year. I am here
to express my support for Gregory Vickrey and his campaign to
run for Borough Assembly.
When I entered my senior year at KHS, honestly, I was real reluctant
to enroll in "that one mandatory government class"
known as American Government. From what I've heard from past
seniors, it was a difficult, time-consuming class that either
made or broke your chances of graduating. Now, after about a
month of school, I find that I am really enjoying the class,
not because it's nice to know what our government's origins are
and not because we get asked silly questions of the day. Reason
why I am really enjoying the class is because we as REGULAR HIGH
SCHOOL STUDENTS can make a difference in our community, whether
it be through the School Board, City Council, or Borough Assembly.
I think that concept is really, really cool!
Now, to get down to serious business, I'm here to declare my
support for Gregory Vickrey.
I've had experience working with Mr. Vickrey since early last
summer when becoming a member of Tongass Conservation Society.
Because of Mr. Vickrey's affiliation with TCS, people have the
idea that he is (for lack of a better term) "hippie".
That may be the conflict, but the problem I have with this is
that people in general cannot get past the fact that he does
have other initiatives and plans for our great city. I've personally
spoken to him many times and he has many things in mind, including
Out of his main initiatives, I've chosen two that have the most
affect on me as a student and citizen.
Mr. Vickrey plans to aggressively pursue programs that create
and foster leadership, creativity, and personal growth in schools.
This means many things like putting more funding into our vocational
programs in school, having designated areas for in-school activities,
or aiding scholarship obtaining programs for graduating students
like me and those to come after myself.
Being a person born in a technology-dependent era, the long overdue
use of fiber optics cables for internet access and alternative
energy sources is needed. Mr. Vickrey accepts these new technologies
as a step forward for our city.
If it's one thing American Government taught me is that this
is a democracy and we choose our representatives and through
this, we make our own choices. Even though I am not of legal
voting age, I urge those who can vote to take some action and
VOTE! October 2nd!
About: "My name is Allan
Manuel. I'm 17 years old and moved here when I was 4 from the
Philippines. I attend Ketchikan High School where I am proficient
in Production Technology, Culinary Arts, and Dance Committee.
In community-based organizations, I am a host of KRBD 105.3
FM's Guerrilla Radio, administrator of the semi-defunct student
forum Ketchikan Underground, member of KYC, BBBS, occasional
KTB and TCS member, and a head of the Totem Spot Wednesday in
the Saxman Tribal House."
Received September 29, 2007
- Published October 01, 2007
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