Massillon journalism students travel to Chicago to meet new mayor


Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot speaks to the press outside of the polling place at the Saint Richard Catholic Church in Chicago, Illinois on April 2, 2019. – Chicago residents went to the polls in a runoff election Tuesday to elect the US city’s first black female mayor in a historic vote centered on issues of economic equality, race and gun violence. Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle, both African-American women, are competing for the top elected post in the city. (Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski / AFP) (Photo credit should read KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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MASSILLON, Ohio-- Journalism students at Washington High School thought it would be neat to interview a famous alum: the new mayor of Chicago.

They never dreamed she would invite them to the Windy City.

"It started as a joke," said Harlee Christner, a student at the high school. "We didn't think she would agree to it or even invite us."

David Lee Morgan Jr., the journalism teacher at the high school, said he had some students contact the election committee of Lori Lightfoot, Chicago's newly elected mayor, and she invited the class to attend her inauguration May 20.

Lightfoot graduated from Washington High School in 1980.

"It's awesome, honestly," said Madolyn Manack, a student who will be going on the trip. "It's historic. What she is doing is great."

Morgan said the school district's administration, including the high school principals and superintendent, are extremely supportive and helped make sure the students would be able to make the trip.

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