Paducah Tilghman High School seniors Joseph Price and Angelea Shute and junior Samuel Lambert, all members of the Tilghman speech and debate team, have been named Kentucky Commonwealth Ambassadors by Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.
The Commonwealth Ambassador Award is presented to young citizens who demonstrate exceptional character and citizenship through their contributions to the community, state, or nation.
With the speech and debate team, Price, Shute and Lambert recently planned and moderated a candidates forum. Randy Bridges and Martha Emmons, candidates for Kentucky District 3 state representative, and Danny Carroll and Julie Tennyson, candidates for Kentucky District 2 state senator, presented their platforms and answered questions at the free community event. For the first time, the student-run forum was broadcast live on local radio.
"There has been some major discord in the political circles that has brought a lot of interest, pretty much unprecedented interest from my generation and the generations around us," said Price to WPSD Local 6. "We'll be feeling the impacts of the decisions made today."
Speech team coach Rachael Castillo echoed Price's sentiment, explaining to WPSD, "I want people to recognize that even if someone is 16, 17, 18, that person is still a fully formed human with complex thoughts and opinions that matter, and they deserve to have a voice in our country."
This is the fourth candidates forum that the Tilghman team has hosted since 2012.