Students Meet with Congresswoman McSally by Thomas Koenig

On Wednesday, April 12, 2017, the senior class at Cienega High School had the pleasure of attending a student town hall with Representative Martha McSally (R-AZ). While there, McSally related her background to the students about her experience growing up as the youngest of five children, going to the Air Force Academy, then Harvard, becoming a fighter pilot (flying the A-10 Warthog in Operation Enduring Freedom, that she would later go on to save), taking a case against then-Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld to the Supreme Court (that would result in the drafting of legislation that changed military policy), and then eventually seeing herself become the representative for our very own District 2 in Arizona. Afterward, she fielded thought-provoking questions from a handful of students about the issues relevant to them.

The questions ranged anywhere from LGBTQ issues, to rising college costs, to the current situation in Libya. It was a wonderful interaction between many young people new to the political arena and a schooled veteran.

She also reminded students of the upcoming deadline for the U.S. House of Representatives Artistic Discovery Contest, the deadline being Monday, May 1st at 5:00 pm, and Congressional Young Women Leadership Conference, happening on June 11th (more details about both of these events can be found on her website at: All in all, it was a wonderful experience for everybody involved.


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