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Marshall returns to Caz, speaks to students

Recent graduate, field organizer for presidential campaign visits high school

Caroline Marshall stands in front of Kurt Wheeler’s Advanced Placement United States Government and Politics class on Dec. 4 in Cazenovia High School. She spoke to students of her recent experiences with the Obama campaign and meeting the president as well as her future plans at Harvard University.

Caroline Marshall stands in front of Kurt Wheeler’s Advanced Placement United States Government and Politics class on Dec. 4 in Cazenovia High School. She spoke to students of her recent experiences with the Obama campaign and meeting the president as well as her future plans at Harvard University. Photo by Pierce Smith.

— “I had about a 25 to 30 percent contact rate for doors knocked,” Marshall said. “While we were in our persuasion phase people were less likely to hold conversations and more likely to close their doors. When we did turnout however, people were generally very receptive and conversational.”

While she told the class how thankful she was to have been given the opportunity and to have gained so much experience before heading to college, she said one of her favorite memories was meeting the president.

Marshall displayed a copy of the photo she had taken, and said the day she met President Obama, “he gave a speech at Norfolk State University … aimed at younger voters. When I met him I told him that I was taking a gap year and working in his campaign. He said that was great and thanked me.”

Pierce Smith is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at 434-8889 ext. 338 or editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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