As President Barak Obama and Govener Mitt Romney have been preparing for weeks for the eagerly awaited Presidential Debate at the University of Denver in Colorado, so has the Scholastic Kids Press Corps! I picked up my media credential last night, and am putting it to use today to get through
almost every door. Almost.
The security here is nothing short of overwhelming. (I personally like the sniffing security dogs the best -- they are the cuttest part so far!) And while we can get through check points by turning on all our electronics to show the officers they actually work, we are not being allowed in the media filing center. Our plan is to attend Debate Fest 2012 with college students, somewhere in the middle of campus. We'll have fun sitting with the students and watching all the action outside on a big screen! I heard there are about 4,000 members of the media expected to attend. The fact that I help make up that number at the age of 13 is an incredible feeling.
I've also learned that four 8th grade students from North Star Academy were chosen to be "Guest Stars" here at the debate tonight. They wrote winning essays to earn the honor. I really hope that I can interview them! I'm excited to meet all the people I can and be as prepared as I can be to interview some of the nation's first-time voters here on the Denver University campus.
—Kid Reporter Jenna Winocur
PHOTO: Kid Reporter Jenna Winocur at The Cable Center on the Denver University campus, getting ready for the first presidential debate of the 2012 election.