Student Council welcomes Sawyer Former U.S. Congressman speaks at county-wide meeting

Laura Nethken Published:

By Joseph Ziarko Crestwood High School Last month, Crestwood High School hosted the county-wide student council meeting.Besides student council members from other schools, Crestwood had one extremely honorable guest, Thomas Sawyer.This former United States congressman appeared as the events keynote speaker.He worked in the House of Representatives as a representative of Ohios 14th congressional district, which encompasses the city of Akron and its suburbs. Sawyer has been busy finishing up business involving his last turn in office which ended earlier this year, part-time teaching at Hiram College, as well as working with the University of Akron.However, he was gracious enough to take time from his crowded schedule to come and speak to students from surrounding schools student council, as well. As members of Crestwoods chapter of National Honor Society, advanced placement U.S. history classes, advanced placement English classes. While here at Crestwood, Sawyer gave a 45 minute speech on the importance of regionalism, the topic of the county-wide meeting.He then allowed time at the end of the talk for questioning from the floor.He addressed a variety of questions which varied from his personal experiences in achieving success to Ohios current problem with the funding of public education to the war with Iraq.He was an extremely intelligent and diverse speaker which was enjoyed by all the students. Having a speaker of Thomas Sawyers stature was an honor, but his presence at the county-wide meeting was more than an honor, it was imperative to uphold the caliber and respectability of such an event. Former U.S. Congressman Thomas Sawyer was the keynote speaker at the Portage County League Student Council meeting held recently at Crestwood High School.

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