Teen Web Site Looks At Elections

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Though none of them are old enough to vote, Erin Wilson, Dustin Ammann and Trent Hubbard know more about the candidates in Payson's local election than most of the people making pen marks on ballots this year.

They learned the ins and outs of every candidate's opinion while building a Web site as part of a competition at the upcoming state Future Business Leaders of America conference.

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Dustin Ammann, left, interviews mayoral candidate Bob Edwards for www.phstechprep.com/payson/politics.htm, a Web site created by Payson High School students for a competition at the upcoming state Future Business Leaders of America conference.

The site will be completed by Friday and will feature video taped interviews of mayoral and town council candidates answering questions that matter to teens who plan to become "future business leaders."

Interviewing actual candidates is a step beyond the requirement of the competition. Students were told to build a Web site that is focused on a fictitious town or a real town with answers the students made up.

"We decided it would be better to interview the candidates and have them answer the questions instead of doing it ourselves," said Wilson. "It just made sense to do it this way because we wanted something different than everyone else. We thought it would be more applicable because the elections are the biggest thing happening in Payson at this time."

Web sites in the competition will be evaluated on items like graphic design, functional links and attention to copyright laws.

A win at the state FBLA conference would lead Wilson, Ammann and Hubbard to the national competition.

Either win would look good on scholarship applications according to Joe Pauley, their technology and computer sciences teacher at PHS.

Pauley estimates about half his students are college bound.

"Erin has been accepted into an engineering program at a private university, Dustin is pre-registered for the Computer Science program at ASU, and Trent, while not enrolled anywhere yet, plans on going into Computer Science as well," Pauley said.

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