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Utah Attorney General visits Treasure Mountain Junior High

Megan Yeiter , The Park Record

Treasure Mountain Junior High School eighth-grader Maddie Knauer wrote a letter to Utah Assistant Attorney General John Swallow after the school’s leadership class visited the State Capitol earlier this month. Concerned that she and her peers only received Swallows opinion on President Obama’s Healthcare plan, Knauer said hearing both the pros and cons to any issues is important.

In a letter to Swallow, Knauer wrote, "My classmates are a mixture of kids from both Republican and Democrat families. They are still forming their opinions on government and politics," she said.

Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff visited Treasure Mountain Junior High School on Friday to talk about his book "Am I Not A Man?" and to address issues regarding teen drug use and substance abuse. During his visit, Shurtleff spent extra time with the 8th- and 9th-grade students in the leadership class.

According to Knauer, they were able to ask him about his beliefs on certain topics and also some of his experiences in public office after 14 years.

"Our leadership class got a more one-on-one experience with a higher leader in Utah and the school got to be introduced to the political side of Utah," she said.

TMJHS has several guest speakers address the school about alcohol and substance abuse. This was the first school-wide assembly on the topic this year.