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Wartburg, KWWL partner for 'Youth Vote' October 30 in Waverly


Let your voices be heard; here's your chance.

Iowa high school teachers and students are encouraged to participate in Youth Vote, October 30.

Wartburg College is hosting Youth Vote in a partnership with KWWL October 30. The 90-minute program will be a ‘live,' televised, online and interactive pre-election day discussion of numerous key issues.

The event will originate from the studios of Wartburg College Television in Waverly. Participating classrooms can watch the program live from 9:00-10:30 am on KWWL 7.3, with a live stream on Wartburg Circuit at: www.wartburgcircuit.org/youthvote. 

Travis Bockenstedt of Wartburg College says more than 700 Iowa students have already registered as participants. "Our target audience is young people, ages 18-25, but a lot of teachers will want to get their classes involved as a lesson in government and politics," says Bockenstedt.

Iowa high school students and teachers will be able to participate in the program by submitting questions online for the interactive forum. Complementing the televised program will be a live online chat, and interactive discussions on Facebook and Twitter.    

Panels of experts will answer questions on several key issues, including education reform, the economy, the national debt, student debt, job creation and gay and lesbian rights.

The Elkader-based Keystone Area Education Agency 1 is working closely with Wartburg College to help promote student participation. Keystone is encouraging its member schools and Iowa's other regional education agencies to watch and discuss the program in classrooms. College students are also encouraged to participate.   

Representatives from the Obama and Romney campaigns are expected to take part, as well as Congressional candidate Ben Lange. Congressman Bruce Braley will be represented by former Iowa Congressman, Dave Nagle. Nagle is well known for his efforts to help keep the Iowa Caucuses first in the nation.

Jacqueline Schutte of Wartburg Television and Ron Steele of KWWL will co-host Youth Vote from Wartburg College, in front of a live studio audience, with online and social media interaction from participating students and teachers.

For more information, contact Melanie Oeltjensbruns at 515-408-7167 or online at:


Schools are asked to register for Youth Vote by October 22. To register, just go online at: www.wartburgcircuit.org/youthvote.


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