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Young politicians

By Heather Sawaski

WAUSAU (WAOW) -- Different kids have different hobbies, whether it be sports, video games or reading. But two local boys are taking a passion for politics to a new level.

13 year old Ryan Yde is putting the finishing touches on a speech he's writing about the constitution, but this one's not for history class.

"I'm speaking at a Tea Party on April 15th, "Yde explained. "I'm going to open the ceremony and perform a speech that I wrote on the Constitution and the importance of the Constitution."

The Wausau 7th grader loves all things politics. He even hosts his own political commentary show on a local public radio station. Yde's been reading books and studying past presidents and their policies for more than half his life.

"Right after the 9-11 attacks, I was pretty curious about how our representatives would handle the situation," he said. "And I started reading and I just got hooked on politics."

But he's not the only political-savvy kid in town. There's also 10 year old Jay Stahl. After a 2004 trip to see George W. Bush speak in Green Bay, the then 5 year old said he knew what he's destined to do.

"After that," he explained. "I saw a place mat in the store that had a bunch of presidents on it and I recognized one of them. Then I decided that I wanted to be President."

He's actively involved in his school's Student Council, and loves learning about our nation's history.

"I study it probably more than anybody in my class," Stahl said.

While both boys admit they don't always see eye to eye on the issues, they're proud of each other for showing to grown ups everywhere that kids can be involved when it comes to the political scene.

"To me, it's sort of like politicians," Stahl said. "their way of leading just seems powerful. And it's just so interesting to me."

"I just think it's pretty cool that someone my age can let everybody else know, young or old, how I feel about the issues," Yde said. "And that young people can be involved in politics."

Both boys said there aren't too many outlets for kids to express their political issues. But they're hoping to be actively involved in changing that.

Online Reporter: Heather Sawaski

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