Courtesy of Herriman High School
It’s not every day that High School students are given the opportunity to sit face-to-face and engage in meaningful conversation with one of the U.S. Government’s highest-ranking officials. Thanks to Adobe Connect, students from Herriman High School in Herriman, Utah, were able to spend an hour interacting with U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson. Students asked questions; learned about his unique role in the government; and told the Secretary about their individual interests and aspirations.
The event was spurred by an initiative called the ”Voice Crusade,” created by government teacher Ryan White to empower his students to get involved in local and federal politics. As part of the initiative, 18 year-old Emma Atwan reached out to Secretary Johnson asking for him to speak with the student body on the power of their voice in the world, which he gladly accepted. Due to a busy schedule of heading the nation’s aviation security and balancing 10-12 meetings a day, the Secretary was not able to fly directly to Utah to be there in person. However, with Adobe Connect he and the students were still able to have a meaningful conversation.
When asked about making time to talk with the students, Johnson said “Well Emma, 80 percent of life is asking. And so you took the initiative to write me an email and ask me to come talk to your class. I saw your email, and I saw that your teacher is a retired United States Coast Guard officer, so I said, ‘Why not?’ I’m pretty busy, but I like to talk to students, and you asked.”
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