Five Lynn students selected for White House Youth Roundtable

President Obama hosting 100 “Youth Roundtables” around the nation
Five Lynn students selected for White House Youth Roundtable Lynn students (left to right) Christopher Darken, Miguel Antunes, Daniela Santos and Megan Studer who will be participating in the White House Youth Roundtable

Published Apr. 26, 2011

Today, April 26, five Lynn students went to Palm Beach Central Community High School to participate in a White House Youth Roundtable from 9 – 11:30 a.m., sponsored by the Palm Beach County School District. President Obama is not expected to make an appearance at today’s event. However, students will meet with representatives from his administration (either in person or via web conference).

This event is part of the White House Office of Public Engagement’s nationwide “100 Youth Roundtables” program where approximately one dozen high school and college students convene to discuss pressing issues. Participants will discuss issues such as jobs for recent graduates, cyberbullying and education reform. The challenge is to identify strategies for solutions and share those ideas with President Obama’s staff.

“This is an outstanding opportunity for our students to discuss civic issues with representatives from the White House,” said Robert Watson, a professor of American Studies at Lynn who was influential in orchestrating the event.

Lynn students participating include:

  • Lynn White House Youth Roundtable participants with Professor Robert Watsonsophomore Miguel Antunes of Harare, Zimbabwe, who is majoring in computer animation

  • sophomore Spencer Carey of Wilmington, Ohio, majoring in American Studies
  • freshman Christopher Darken of Tampa, Fla., majoring in American Studies
  • junior Daniela Santos of Guyaquil, Ecuador, majoring in psychology
  • freshman Megan Studer of Boca Raton, Fla., majoring in American Studies.

In a recent YouTube video, President Obama did drop by a Youth Roundtable in Cleveland, Ohio. “We are so interested in figuring out how to get your ideas, your input, your energy,” said Obama at the Roundtable. “You’re setting the foundation for terrific work, and you’re inspiring a lot of people.” He asked the students to spread the word about similar discussions.