By EMILY R. WEST
One group at Franklin High School has tuned into getting involved in the political process this election season.
Colson Myers decided to start a club to find other students who cared about what happens on Nov. 8. So far this school year, they’ve watched debates together and helped at meetings after school to talk about what’s happening so far this fall in the FHS Republicans Club.
“We are definitely trying to get high schoolers a lot more involved,” Myers said. “People kind of hear about everything through Twitter and Facebook. I don’t think many teenagers understand political processes besides maybe what they read in 140 characters online. I am trying to get people who have like-minded values of conservatism.”
Myers became inspired after interning for the Williamson County Republican Party this past summer. He started the club at the beginning of the school year and 40 to 50 students joined. He said now the group is up to 63.
“There’s a conservative voice in Franklin High School, and I am glad we can rally it together,” he said. “I guess we have people who are very against us. There will always be people a lot more liberal who don’t like it, but what can you do about it?”
Other than talking politics amongst themselves, group members try to invite already elected officials in to guest speak to fill them in on the process and what it’s like to serve in that capacity.
To add a service component, the group partners with another club in school to volunteer around Franklin and Williamson County.
As far as the political climate at Franklin High School, Myers said it’s mixed and full of opinions, depending on who you talk to. And while party is important, Myers said he just wants people at school to stay informed.
“I would say at FHS you have a lot more people with conservative ideas and have people in the middle,” he said. “The large majority of people realize it’s important, and it all comes down to opinions.”