U.S. Congressman Bill Johnson Visits Local Classrooms


 United States Congressman Bill Johnson paid a visit to three local schools on Monday to find out what is on the mind of today’s youth.

Johnson said he left Marietta around 3:30 a.m. and spoke to students at the Utica Shale Academy and Southern Local High School in Salineville first thing Monday morning. He followed that with a visit to Toronto High School where he spoke to a freshman government class about what Congress does, and its responsibilities. 

Congressman Johnson also took time to answer questions from students. “The younger we get to them and get them engaged in the process, so that when they turn 18 that they’re ready to exercise that right to vote,” he said. “It’s very, very important that they’re engaged and so this is one of the most fun and I consider one of the most important parts of my job.”

Some of the topics students brought up included the use of coal, abortion, and the future of the oil and gas industry. 

While at the Utica Shale Academy, Johnson gathered input on what the students are learning in the shale program that aims to prepare workers for the oil and gas field. 

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