Roanoke Catholic holds Sixth Congressional District student mock debate

Students portrayed candidates and answered questions from student reporters

When teaching the next generation of voters, one school is taking a hands-on approach.

ROANOKE, Va. – One school is taking a hands-on approach to teach the next generation of voters.

To simulate our democratic process, a government class at Roanoke Catholic held a mock debate for the Sixth Congressional District.

Students represented the candidates Rep. incumbent Ben Cline and Dem. challenger Jennifer Lewis.

They were asked questions on various issues, and answered as they thought the candidates would.

Students even represented local media, with their very own 10 News reporter in attendance.

Miguel Rivera, a student who portrayed Rep. Ben Cline in the mock debate, said it was a good learning experience.

“I definitely learned how to talk in front of most of the school ... also working together, you know it’s always good to work with my classmates and get to grow with them a bit more. So that was great too,” Rivera said.

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