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New Visions: Law & Government students reflect on 9/11 terrorist attacks

 

Students commemorate the 16th anniversary of the terrorist attacks 

Holly Yauchler examines the rubble from the World Trade Center

They were barely a year old, but students in the Capital Region BOCES New Visions: Law & Government class know the profound impact the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 had on them, the country and the world.

On Monday — the 16th anniversary of those attacks — they visited the New York State Museum exhibit on the attacks and shared their thoughts on how they and the world were changed.

"I've never known the nation before the attacks; I hear from people it has changed dramatically," said Holly Yauchler, who attends the program from the Schoharie Central School District.

"I was too young to understand the day and tragedy it was, but as I have grown up, I have gained a better understanding of it," added classmate Gianni Nicholas of Niskayuna.

With television reporters looking on, the students discussed the impact the attacks had on the American psyche, world security, politics and freedoms.

Devon Sweatt, a senior from Hudson, said, "We have a responsibility to make sure this never happens again," adding the response immediately following the attacks "was a great example of a people, a country coming together for a common good."

"The attacks of 9/11 were meant to scare and divide us. Instead they made us much more stronger and more unified," classmate Taylor Oathout,Mike RIenzzo checks out the 9/11 exhibit under the watchful eye of survivor's picture on a poster from Scotia-Glenville said.

New Visions: Law & Government teacher Rich Bader said it is the 15th year he has brought his class to the state museum exhibit.

"Today's high school students were very young and far-removed from the intense and jarring character of the events of that day. The World Trade Center exhibit captures the profound, evocative nature of a great teachable moment and enables my class to step back in time," he said.

In the top photo, Holly Yauchler examines the rubble from the World Trade Center.

In the second photo, Mike Rienzzo checks out the 9/11 exhibit under the watchful eye of survivor's picture on a poster.

Below, students Gianni Nichols and Devon Sweatt check out the remnants of a crushed fire truck.

Below right, student Emily Newell from Saratoga is interviewed by a WNYT reporter.

 

 

 

Students Gianni Nichols and Devon Sweatt check out the remnant of a crushed fire truckEmily Newell of Saratoga is interviewed by a WNYT reporter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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