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Students recall meeting with Kamala Harris

Mt. Pleasant High School seniors Emma Pieper and Jacob Fry posed for a photo with Kamala Harris when she was on the primary campaign trail early last year. They met her in Washington. (Liam Halawith/The Union)
Mt. Pleasant High School seniors Emma Pieper and Jacob Fry posed for a photo with Kamala Harris when she was on the primary campaign trail early last year. They met her in Washington. (Liam Halawith/The Union)

MT. PLEASANT — With Joe Biden having been officially inaugurated as president of the United States, many area teens who voted for the Biden-Harris ticket expressed happiness and showed support for the newly inaugurated pair.

Mt. Pleasant High School seniors Emma Pieper and Jacob Fry supported the pair since they were officially nominated by the Democratic Convention. Even though Biden-Harris was not their first choice, the two were ecstatic to support them.

“Joe Biden wasn’t my first choice during the primary, but I had no hesitation supporting him,” Pieper said.

“He was vice president to Obama, and there is no question that he is an experienced politician or that he can make great decisions for our democracy and for the unity of our country,” she added.

Both Pieper and Fry met with the vice president this past February during primary and caucus season, seeing Kamala Harris speak at a Washington “meet and greet.”

“Hearing Kamala speak was very inspiring, and she was so down to earth. You felt like you were in the presence of a queen. She made you feel so comfortable and at home when she was speaking, her way with words was so moving and inspirational,” Pieper said.

With a new administration and new policies, Fry is “feeling great” about the incoming president. After four years of a Trump presidency, Fry believes that it is the “best thing for our country.”

“I think that the future is bright for all Americans, especially those who aren’t well off and those in poverty,” Fry said.

“I’m also thrilled about the diversity and all the firsts. The first woman vice president, the first person of color vice president, the first openly LGBTQ secretaries, Native American women, there are so many firsts and they definitely aren’t the lasts,” Fry said.

With the incoming administration shaping up with new cabinet picks and other selections appearing in the news daily, Fry and Piper have hope for the country and the democracy it’s founded on.

Although, after an attempted coup on the U.S. Capitol and an attempt at striking out certified election results, Fry and Pieper were worried about what our democracy would look like in the next couple of years.

“For many people, it was eye-opening, it was the first time our country is really not unified. It was heartbreaking, and I’m hoping that this administration can make up for it in a sense and bring us together,” Pieper said.

“It’s heartbreaking to see our democracy go through what it has in the last month. Especially with the attack on the capitol. It’s a part of our democracy and how it was attacked the way it was, it’s just horrible,” Fry added.