Borderland Students Watch President's Speech
POSTED: Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 5:31pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:24pm
Since he became president, Barack Obama has addressed big issues like the economy and healthcare reform. But today he spent some time talking education, to a different kind of audience.
"It was really inspiring."
Seehum Isa watched Obama's speech in her 8th grade science class at Hornedo Middle School. She says she was impressed by it, especially the part about not giving in to peer pressure.
"We're going into high school and we're in middle school. It's the big stage where you change for the better or the worse."
Seehum, like almost all of her fellow students, got the go-ahead to watch the president's pep talk. Out of about seven hundred students at Hornedo, only nine did not receive parental permission.
Jane Barno is a speech teacher at Hornedo. She says she's happy the school district gave its students an opportunity to hear what the president had to say.
"I think his true message was continue your education, do the best that you can do and make us proud."
Seehum feels the same way.
"There's a lot of people who have their opinion, and just because they're young doesn't mean that it's not going to be spoken."
In the end, Obama's decision to use words like "education" and "success" over "public option" and "unemployment" were a breath of fresh air for students, teachers and anyone else who watched.