U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito '71 (R-WV) came back to Holton to speak with our Upper School students about her established career in public service.
Senator Capito opened the conversation on what inspired her to be a politician in public service. Her unwavering passion for advocating for others and love for her longtime residence of West Virginia was the fodder for her wanting to become more involved in her community. In 2015, Senator Capito ran for senate and made history by becoming the first female U.S. Senator in West Virginia.
From energy to mental health to gun control, Senator Capito shared stories about working on these issues and the continued effort it takes to make a positive impact for her constituency and the general American public. Furthermore, Senator Capito shared personal vignettes with our students about gender disparities she has experienced as a woman in a male-dominated profession and how she has continued to push forward.
Senator Capito also connected with the students as she shared stories about her time at Holton and the firm foundation Holton provided for her future. She was as an avid athlete playing all sports every season, on Holton's Blue Spirit Team, and loved Mr. Tupper's history class, who actually moderated the conversation with Senator Capito.
"To be successful in public service, you must follow current events, develop stellar communications skills, volunteer, and pick a cause that makes you passionate," Senator Capito enthusiastically encouraged our students.
Thank you Senator Capito for visiting and inspiring our students!
US History Teacher Bob Tupper moderated the conversation with Senator Capito '71.
Head of School Susanna A. Jones, Kate Fynes '18 (who interned with Senator Capito), Senator Capito '71, and US History Teacher Bob Tupper.