Summit High School freshman Dustin Giron was looking for a way to inspire his classmates to learn about and become more involved in politics.
He'd been involved with the local chapter of the Republican Party, and had paid attention to conversations about the economy and jobs and knew they were topics he wanted to bring to the attention of his peers.
So he started his own GOP group, a Young Republican Club, at the school.
"Dustin's goal is to get more young people involved in politics," club sponsor Amy Poppie, an SHS math teacher, stated in a Summit Republican Party release on the initiative. "The club is open to everyone."
The organization is student-led, and Giron would like to see it become a forum for special activities and speakers, including elected officials, according to the release.
Giron, an aspiring politician himself, has the support of the Summit County GOP in his efforts to bring conversations about the important topics of the day to local youth.
"The Summit High School Young Republican Club is a grassroots effort by the students to focus on citizenship, political activism and patriotism at a formative age," said Kim McGahey, vice chairman of the local GOP chapter. "They are genuinely concerned about the quality of their future in this country and want to be involved in shaping what lies ahead."
Through his civic involvement, Giron has had the opportunity to meet with conservative elected officials at the local and state levels.
Those meetings, as well as his work in establishing the club, are making an impression on his own life, his teacher says.
"He has been reading a lot and has learned a lot about issues and politics," Poppie said in the release. "It has made a difference in his own participation and leadership in the classroom. As a result of his involvement with local leaders, he has gotten inspired. He is really focused."
The club is open to all students and meets on Wednesdays after school.