Students, teachers and administrators discussed the hot topics of today at an Issues Forum hosted by Bayport-Blue Point High School, where the group gathered for the debate.
The panel consisted of four students and four staff members who shared their perspectives on various issues with the help of a moderator who selected audience members’ questions.
Prior to the event, students completed a survey that determined student interest and guided the topics covered. A diverse group of political, social and cultural questions were posed to participants to spark debate and conversation. Panel members shared opinions and facts on contemporary issues, including the state of the economy, taxes, oil, energy and public works.
Panelists articulated their views, took notes and responded to fellow panel members’ statements.
Department Chairperson for Social Studies John Limperatos coordinated this innovative educational experience.
“The Issues Forum was truly significant and exciting because we had students, teachers, administrators, trustees of the Board of Education and parents gather as a learning community in order to listen to students and teachers discuss the salient issues of our time," he said.
More than 300 students attended the event. Ticket sales, totaling $750, went towards the Paul E. Harenberg Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Wounded Warriors Project.
Student panelist Alexandra Harenberg reflected on her experience.
“It was amazing to see how many students came out to watch the discussion," she said. "It is important for people my age to be informed on current issues, and the Issues Forum provided a platform for students to become informed and form their own opinions.”