Congressman Hanna visits with students at Frankfort-Schuyler High School


FRANKFORT, N.Y. (WKTV) - Tenth grade students at Frankfort-Schuyler High School came prepared for Mrs. Cleveland's Global Studies class on Friday. NewsChannel 2 was there to find out what students think about a man whose new job, is to work for them.

Congressman Richard Hanna faced all kinds of questions Friday from his teenage constituents. The topics ranged from what he'd do if the draft were reinstated, to his goals to making the district more energy-efficient, to his opinion of President Obama.

Hanna answered everything students asked, telling them how he worked his way through school and why he decided to run for Congress, twice.

Hanna says he doesn't want anyone in Washington D.C. to own him, instead saying he is voting on what he thinks is best for the district and not necessarily his party. Hanna talked about Washington D.C. as a tough town, polarized into two tribes - Republicans and Democrats.

Above all, Hanna emphasized the importance of education, and he asked students in Frankfort to treat school as their job. Many students say they were impressed that a politician would come to their small town, and even though their guest speaker is gone, they won't stop keeping their new Representative accountable.

Nickolas Cooper says that his family loves to talk politics, and that it is his future that is in the hands of officials, leaving him concerned.

"I had a lot more questions I would have asked, but he actually went really in-depth with most of the questions, so I didn't have to ask them all," said Cooper.

Hanna will serve on three subcommittees as a member of the Education and Workforce Committee - Higher Education and Workforce Training, Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education, Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions.

Hanna told students that the world has never been more competitive, and he wants to build an opportunity society, that begins in the classroom.

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