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Here are the questions that students asked the candidates — including the one used in the debate


Crews put finishing touches on the stage at Kingsbury Hall at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, in preparation for Wednesday’s vice presidential debate.

Crews put finishing touches on the stage at Kingsbury Hall at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, in preparation for Wednesday’s vice presidential debate. | Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

Editor’s note: At the end of Wednesday’s debate, moderator Susan Page, USA Today Washington bureau chief, posed a question from Brecklynn Brown, an eighth-grader from Springville Junior High. Below are the questions submitted by students, including Brecklynn’s.

In anticipation of the vice presidential debate, the Utah Debate Commission worked with the Utah State Board of Education and business partner, Lucid Software, to create a curriculum for all K-12 students and held a statewide essay contest.

Students from all levels — from kindergarten to college — were invited to submit 300-word essays answering the question: “If you could ask the vice presidential candidates one question, what would you ask and why?”

More than 700 essays were submitted and judged by Utah Debate Commission, volunteers from the University of Utah and teachers throughout the state. Here are the winners in the four entry categories.

Victoria Peck, fifth grade, Midas Creek Elementary School
Grades K-5 winner

My name is Victoria Peck. I am 11 years old, and I have a home here in Utah. I have never moved from my house, and I have always gone to the same school. My dad has always had the same job as a teacher.

Victoria Peck, fifth grade, Midas Creek Elementary School

I have all the same friends since I was very young, and I love it. I have a place to call my own. In school I recently read a story called “Amelia’s Road.” It was about a little girl who was a migrant worker. She had to move from place to place during the harvest time. Her father had to move his family around to whatever crops were ready to be picked. In the story the girl wanted to have a place of her own, a school of her own, and friends of her own. Amelia could not have that because she did not stay in one place for very long.

Farmers in the United States need these migrant workers. I heard a story about a blueberry farmer that lived in the USA. He had migrant workers pick his blueberries. When COVID-19 hit, many of the migrant workers could not come to pick his blueberries. The farmer asked people in the United States to help him pick his blueberries but they said it was too much work. His crops rot without the migrant workers.

What will you do to help these migrant workers that do so much for our country? I have a home that love and have settled in. I want migrant worker children to have a home that they can settle in too. All children deserve to be safe and happy.

Brecklynn Brown, eighth grade, Springville Junior High
Grades 6-8 winner

When I watch the news all I see is arguing between Democrats and Republicans. When I watch the news all I …read more

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