MN high school students take field trip to Iowa caucus

A group of students from Blake School are headed to Iowa to get a firsthand look at American politics by volunteering for campaigns ahead of the caucus. 
A group of students from Blake School are headed to Iowa to get a firsthand look at American politics by volunteering for campaigns ahead of the caucus. 

- With just two days until the Iowa caucus, thousands are descending on the Hawkeye state hoping to make a difference and among those entering the fray is a group of motivated Minnesota high school students.

"We are going to be doing a lot of calling, canvassing, knocking trying to drum up support,” Will Kaback, a Blake School senior, said.

Kaback and Kincaid O'Neal are two of 54 students from the Blake School headed for Iowa. Over the next two days, students will join up with the campaign of their choice knocking on doors and getting a front row seat to American politics.

"This is real for them and they get a chance now to participate and hopefully start a lifetime of being politically engaged,” Karen Phillips, one of the chaperones for the trip, said.

Karen Phillips and group leader David Graham are two of nine chaperones in charge of guiding the trip Graham believes it's a great chance for students to not just act on their own political beliefs but learn from those of others.

"They are going to be rooming you know with people who are working for the other party and so that will be interesting to see as they get into it more and more,” Graham said.

The Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Marco Rubio campaigns have so far proven to be the most popular among the group. But, students will sometimes volunteer for a new candidate each day, learning the issues and understanding process on a different level far past most Americans.

"What I hope people recognize as the result of this trip is that it can be more nuanced than that they don't have to go with one party on every issue,” O’Neal, a Blake School junior, said.


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