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Young Republicans organize to advocate
Members of the newly formed Richmond Hill High School Young Republicans Club with faculty adviser Russ Carpenter. (Hallie D. Martin)

They’re young. They’re conservative. And they’re organizing.
More than two dozen high school students gathered in a government teacher’s classroom last month to elect officers of their newly-formed club, the Richmond Hill High School Young Republicans, and to discuss coming events.
The proverbial wheels for such a club started turning last year for two students, according to Hannah Sheffield, who was elected vice president of the group. She said she was in a class with Sean Balcomb, the president of the club, and they were talking about how conservative they are.
“We really wanted to do something about it and get active,” Balcomb said.
Sean submitted a formal request for the club to the Bryan County Board of Education during the summer. The board approved the group’s formation in the fall with Russ Carpenter, a government teacher at the high school and Richmond Hill City Council member, as the club’s advisor.
Carpenter said Balcomb asked him to advise the group, though the idea for a club has been at the back of his mind for some time.
“[I’ve] long been wanting to start one,” Carpenter said.

For more, pick up a copy of the Dec. 29 edition of the News.

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