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December 13, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Girl Scouts Take On DNC
(2008-08-29)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: Barack Obama will be delivering his acceptance speech in front of a crowd an estimated 76,000 people as the Democratic National Convention wraps up in Denver.

KSUT's Sarah Baumgartner takes a look at one southwest Colorado official who has been in Denver all week, and is been working hard outside of the conventions walls.

SARAH: The Girl Scouts of Colorado are beyond just selling the popular thin mint cookies. This week five young women from Southwest Colorado and one from Farmington along with 21 others from across Colorado and beyond witnessed the convention and learned about America's Democratic process first hand.
La Plata County Commissioner Joelle Riddle was one of the chaperones and leaders with the Girl Scouts and has spent majority of her time at the Convention with these six young women. She talks about how important it is for these young Girl scouts to experience this historic Democratic National Convention.
JOELLE RIDDLE: I THINK, AGAIN, THIS IS A ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE FOR ANYONE BUT ESPECIALLY I THINK FOR OUR YOUTH TO ALLOW THEM TO FEEL THIS AND TO UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS WHERE YOU START MAKING A DIFFERENCE AND YOU DON'T EVER HAVE TO STOP.
Laura Nass is one of the Girl Scouts attending from Durango. As an elected officer at Durango High School, Laura says that Commissioner Riddle has been a positive role model for her.
LAURA NASS: SEEING WOMEN WHO ACTUALLY GO OUT THERE AND ARE NOT INTIMIDATED BY THE MEN AND KIND OF THE NORM. LIKE JOELLE PROBABLY IS BETTER THAN ANY OF THE OTHER MEN THAT COULD'VE RUN. I THINK IT'S REALLY INSPIRING TO ME AND IT MAKES ME REALLY HAVE FAITH IN MYSELF THAT I CAN GO INTO POLITICS AND I CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
Whitney Smith lives in Silverton and is a junior in high school with a graduating class of two. Being in Denver has been quite a change of pace for her.
WHITNEY SMITH: I HOPE TO BE ABLE TO BRING BACK EVERYTHING I'VE LEARNED TO SILVERTON AND TO THE KIDS AT MY SCHOOL. BECAUSE IT'S A BIG DEAL WHEN SOMEBODY GET TO DO SOMETHING THIS EXCITING IN A SMALL COMMUNITY. AND I HAVE THE WHOLE COMMUNITY BEHIND ME AND THEY'RE REALLY PROUD. BECAUSE IN SILVERTON A TUMBLE WEED GOES ACROSS THE STREET AND EVERYONE'S LIKE OH LOOK AT IT.
Tasha Deschenie is from Farmington. Aside from learning about the electoral process and the purpose of the convention, Tasha talks about what else she's learned from this experience in denver.
TASHA DESCHENIE: ANOTHER THING WE LEARNED HOW TO DO IS TO ADVOCATE FOR OURSELVES AND JUST HOW TO EXPRESS OUR ISSUES TO WHOEVER WE WANT OUR AUDIENCE AND JUST TAKE UP LEADERSHIP ROLES IN OUR COMMUNITY.
I was curious if these young women understood the importance of this week in our country's history. Claire Carver is a senior at Durango high School and will be voting for the first time this election year.
CLAIRE CARVER: IT WILL BE LIKE TIME PERIOD WHEN I HAVE KIDS AND BE LIKE I WAS THERE AT THIS CONVENTION. ITS DEFINITELY SOMETHING THAT I THINK WILL COME UP FOR MY KIDS EVEN BE LIKE TELL ME ABOUT THAT AND BE LIKE I WAS THERE. ITS REALLY EXCITING ITS DEFINITELY LIKE THE HISTORY IN THE MAKING.
The girls witness protests and attended the Unconventional Women's Caucus. Also during their stay in Denver they put together a Public Service Announcement for the Girl Scouts of Colorado. They gave me a sample of what the final cut sounded like.
GIRLS PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT.
From KSUT, Four Corners Public Radio, I'm Sarah Baumgartner
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