International Hosts the PNW’s Second Minicon
By: Iman Baghai
On March 17, 2012 International High School hosted the PNW’s second Minicon. International’s conference attracted students from various chapters to engage in a debates revolving around the election. The events theme was “Decision 2012″.
The debates primarily revolved around the republican nominees from resolved, that Romney will win the nomination on the account of his physical appearance to resolved, that Paul will be nominated because of his unrivaled foreign policy experience.
The debates provided the delegates with good humor, discussion, and debate. International also hosted a candidates forum for JSA-ers who are running for the elected offices of Vice Mayor, Greater Puget Sound Region Mayor, PNW Lt. Governor, and PNW Governor. Some of the questions asked a range of questions from: what experience they have to be qualified for their position to how would they describe themselves in one word.
The keynote debate at the end of the day regarded who would win the upcoming election: President Barack Obama, or the Republican nominee that was determined the best through the debates from the day, Mitt Romney. After an intense debate, the delegates overwhelmingly believed President Barack Obama should keep his job by a vote of 23-2.
After a successful day of debate it is clear that majority of the JSA-ers, at the conference, lean towards Barack Obama and are excited and engaged for the upcoming election.
The JSA-ers that were awarded best speaker awards during their debates are as follows: Iman Baghai (2), Issaquah High School; Vikram Kumor, Issaquah High School; Will Badart, International High School; and Brandon Lecoq, International High School.
Upon reflection, International student, Will Badart, who did majority of planning for this minicon believed that “the mincon was excellent. The turnout was great, people were really involved in their debates, and the candidate’s forum was really productive.”
As the second mini-convention in the PNW wraps up, the future awaits how many more there will be. The next one will be held at Issaquah High School intends on having one on April 7.