For­mer Soud­er­tonarea High School stu­dent wins seat at pres­i­den­tial de­bate

Souderton Independent - - FRONT PAGE - By Meghan Ross

“I didn’t think it was real,” said In­grid Moyer, a for­mer Soud­er­ton Area High School stu­dent who won a seat at the pres­i­den­tial de­bate Tues­day, Oct. 16.

Moyer grad­u­ated from Soud­er­ton in 2010 and is cur­rently a ju­nior at Long Is­land, New York’s Hof­s­tra Univer­sity, where she plays for the women’s soc­cer team.

She en­tered into the stu- dent lottery to get a ticket, and she was ran­domly se­lected to watch the de­bate be­tween Pres­i­dent Barak Obama and Gov. Mitt Rom­ney. She and 300 other Hof­sta students were se­lected, in­clud­ing one of her house­mates and some fel­low Hof­s­tra ath­letes.

She re­ceived an email the pre­vi­ous Satur­day in­form­ing her that she was se­lected, and Moyer said she was very ex­cited.

“I called my par­ents, and they were freak­ing out,” Moyer said.

Hof­s­tra’s cam­pus was lively that day, Moyer said, and students stood out­side hold­ing signs while MSNBC did a live broad­cast.

She was seated in the mid­dle of the room be­hind the se­lected un­de­cided vot­ers, but Moyer said she had a good view.

An un­de­cided voter her­self, 20-year-old Moyer said she didn’t know what to ex­pect when she went to the town­hall de­bate. She said she was sur­prised by how of­ten the can­di­dates in­ter­rupted each other, and she even found her­self laugh­ing at their in­ter­rup- tions. She said it was hard to tell who won.

“I didn’t think they di­rectly an­swered the ques­tions,” Moyer said.

Moyer had not pre­vi­ously been in­ter­ested in pol­i­tics, but af­ter watch­ing the de­bate, she said she feels more in­vested. The de­bate did not sway her one way or an­other on who to choose Nov. 6, and Moyer said she plans to do more re­search.

“I was just happy to be there and to see them speak live in­stead of on tele­vi­sion,” Moyer said. “It was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.”

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For­mer SASD stu­dent In­grid Moyer won a seat at the pres­i­den­tial de­bate Tues­day, Oct. 16.

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