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A.P. Gov: The Significant Skype Summary

Tori Travers, Writer, photographer, interviewer

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Seniors in Mr. Davis’ A.P. Government class got a treat on Thursday, November 17th when they got the chance to Skype with national political reporter, often featured on CNN, Rebecca Berg. Mitch Davis previously met Berg while working for Sen. Rob Mayer as one of his legislative directors in the Capitol. Rebecca Berg, at this time, was completing her journalism degree at the University of Missouri’s J-School while politically reporting for the St. Louis Dispatch.

Students in the Poplar Bluff class had been following the 2016 presidential election and prepared for their Skype meeting with an assignment. Each student came up with three questions to ask Rebecca Berg via Skype, if allowed. Once the assignment was completed, volunteers came forward to get the chance to ask Berg questions from the assignment.

On Thursday, November 17th the A.P. class began their 45 minute long interview with Berg. Berg answered many student questions with a smile and signed off with the message that if there were any questions left unanswered, she could answer them at a later date. (I should note that Mr. Davis, jokingly, promised students that he would not, in fact, be giving them her number.) Mr. Davis enjoys involving his students in “the practical side of Government that a textbook won’t and can’t teach them”, he explains. In past years, he’s used his political background to bring in state elected officials, allowing students to chat with their current government figureheads.

Feel free to check out Rebecca’s work at http://www.realclearpolitics.com.

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