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Moore Mayoral Forum Moderators Honored by School Board

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Moore Mayoral Forum Moderators Honored by School Board
Posted on 11/19/2015
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Lyman Moore Middle School students Seneca Ward-Bailey and Daphne Wilson were recently honored by the Portland Board of Public Education for their work moderating a political debate for candidates running for mayor of Portland.

Daphne, a seventh-grader, and Seneca, a sixth-grader, were recognized at the board’s Nov. 17 meeting. Interim Portland Superintendent Jeanne Crocker gave the following summary of the girls’ accomplishments:

In the run-up to Portland’s Nov. 4 mayoral election this year, sixth and seventh graders of Lyman Moore Middle School organized a forum for the three candidates. They learned about each of the candidates and researched the major issues of the campaign, including affordable housing, panhandling and the minimum wage.

 All three candidates came to the school on Oct. 22. In front of an audience of nearly 500 people, Seneca and Daphne ran the event.

As the co-masters of ceremony, Seneca and Daphne memorized their lines and comfortably facilitated as candidates answered both tough and personal student-generated questions. Students ran the entire event and Seneca and Daphne made it especially successful by modeling the leadership and citizenship values they are learning about in social studies class. The candidates loved the event and praised the two moderators.

“Tonight we recognize Seneca and Daphne for their work on this wonderful student-sponsored community event,” Crocker said.

PHOTO CAPTION: (from left) School Board Chair Sarah Thompson, Lyman Moore Middle School students Daphne Wilson and Seneca Ward-Bailey and Interim Portland Superintendent Jeanne Crocker