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United States Presidential Candidate Beto O’Rourke Visits OKCPS High School


U.S Grant High School students were visited by Congressman Beto O’Rourke    


Oklahoma City (August 19, 2019) – Students from U.S. Grant High School filled the library media center with anticipation for a visit from presidential candidate Robert “Beto” O’Rourke. 

O’Rourke was greeted by OKCPS Superintendent Sean McDaniel, U.S. Grant High School Principal Greg Frederick and members of the U.S. Grant High School Student Council with a sign reading “Welcome Beto!”. Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) students escorted O’Rourke to the library media center where Principal Frederick and Amy Curran, Oklahoma Executive Director of Generation Citizen, welcomed guests and introduced O’Rourke to the 100 students anxiously waiting to hear from him. 

During his special visit, O’Rourke spoke about his experience growing up in El Paso, Texas, his family and his experience as a congressman, and many aspects of government and politics. Immigration, criminal justice, gun safety, mental health and LGBTQ rights are a few topics that arose through the questions asked by students. O’Rourke answered every poignant inquiry made by students, even responding in Spanish to a student who asked her question in Spanish.

At the conclusion of the event, Principal Frederick thanked O’Rourke for his visit and for taking the time to have meaningful discussion with students. Frederick sent O’Rourke off with some swag from U.S. Grant High School and made him an honorary “General”. 

“Today the students of U.S. Grant High School had an opportunity of a lifetime.  They were afforded a chance to have a conversation with and ask questions of a high profile candidate for President of the United States,” said Greg Frederick, principal at U.S. Grant High School. “Congressman Beto O’Rourke was thoughtful and gracious in his answers to the great questions from our students. I’m so incredibly proud of the articulate and difficult questions asked by our students. We especially appreciate the fact that Congressman O’Rourke made this visit all about hearing from the youth of Oklahoma City. I think today is a moment in the lives of these young people that they will never forget.”

OKCPS is proud to partner with Generation Citizen to bring civic education to our students to instill the importance of being a registered voter, using their voices, staying informed and engaged in the community. 

Dr. McDaniel added, “A future politician or civic leader may have been sitting in that library today. I am very proud of the courage it took our students to ask difficult questions of Beto and am thankful to him for his passionate responses. Having the opportunity to express themselves freely and make suggestions to a presidential candidate will have a lasting impact on many of them. I am very thankful to Representative Jason Dunnington for recommending OKCPS as one of Congressman O’Rourke’s stops in Oklahoma. Our students deserve access to unique opportunities, and we are grateful to all who helped bring this to life for them.”