Students studying Political Science and Government at Sequoya High School recently hosted Congressman Lee Zeldin for a discussion about national politics. Congressman Zeldin, who represents the First Congressional District of New York in the House of Representatives, spoke for an hour about a variety of topics from advocacy to social media. Sequoya High School is an Eastern Suffolk BOCES school that provides services and support to high school students with special needs.
Congressman Zeldin discussed the importance of being educated about local politics and suggested different ways that high school students can become involved in local government. However, when Zeldin, who has two 13-year-old daughters, asked what to expect when his children start using social media, he became the pupil. The question electrified the students, who provided a range of best practices, from what social media sites to use, to important lessons the Congressman should teach his daughters before letting them create social media accounts of their own. After hearing advice about social media, the conversation was open to questions, which ranged in topics from how to run for government, to domestic policy, and current events.
Congressman Lee Zeldin with members of Sequoya High School’s student government.