Four Marshall County High School students have volunteered to participate in the Marshall County Tribune's political debate for state House and Senate candidates on Monday evening in their school's lecture hall.
Some of them are willing to ask questions while others will collect and select written questions from the audience before the debates and during a 10-minute intermission halfway through the 90-minute program starting at 5:30 p.m.
At that time, state Rep. Eddie Bass (D-Prospect) is to face his two challengers, former Marshall County Commission Chairman Billy Spivey of Lewisburg, a Republican, and former Spring Hill Alderman Ted Roop, an Independent now living at Lynnville.
At 6:20 p.m. on Monday, state Sen. Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) is to face his challenger, Columbia Councilman Debbie Matthews, a Democrat.
There are 150 seats in the MCHS lecture hall, but there will be some standing room based on a formula including other available square footage and the width of the exits. Admission is free. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Paper and pencils will be available for the audience to write questions, but if the question is to be directed to state house candidates, it's recommended that those questions be typed or clearly printed well before the debate.
MCHS students Kathryn "Kat" Villanueva, Taylor Clift, Edgar Flores and Maria Carvajal are students in Daniel Batey's contemporary issues class. Batey, MCHS Principal Keith Stacey and English and Drama teacher David Sanders have been instrumental in the organization of the political debate with Tribune senior staff writer Clint Confehr who will serve as moderator for both debates, introducing the students for three of the four questions to be asked during each debate. Tribune news and management staffers are drafting two other questions: one for House candidates; the other for Senate candidates.