What would it be like to be the President of the United States or one of his closest aides for a day? Nineteen El Dorado Springs students traveled to the White House Decision Center at the Truman Library in Independence on April 18 to find out. The simulated West Wing in the White House Decision Center was the scene as students pored over previously classified primary source documents and mulled over the 1950 dilemma of what to do about the invasion of South Korea by North Korea. Each of the students attending were required to complete four modules of preparation before the simulation. They were each assigned roles of the real people who made the decision in 1950. They assumed roles of reporters during two news conferences throughout the day and asked questions of the “White House Press Secretary” and the “President” himself. After we were done with the simulation, we took time to tour the Presidential Museum. The staff from Truman Library wrote a note to us this week telling how impressed they were with the capabilities and conduct of our students. The students were accompanied by history teacher Darrin Griffin and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Theresa Christian.
Pictured: El Dorado Springs students with bust of Harry Truman (picture 1)
(Picture 2): Ben Vickers (at podium), Tyler Obanion (far left) and Landon Mays at a Presidential news conference