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Statesmanship and Negotiation Business major Teddy Palmer Jr. spent his summer presenting policies at
the Kentucky State Capitol.
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Business major Teddy Palmer Jr.
spent his summer presenting policies at the Kentucky State Capitol and
networking with dignitaries such as maritime and international security
expert Ian Ralby.
At the Henry Clay Center for
Statesmanship in Kentucky, Teddy and other students, collectively known as the
Student Congress, drafted mock policies related to climate change,
higher education, immigration and economic growth. They used negotiation, goodwill and compromise
- ideals of 19th century Senator Henry Clay
who created the Compromise of 1850 in a deeply divided United States.
“Throughout the week, we would come up with a policy for
immigration,” he said. “We had to come together and compromise even when it was
really hard … we had different numbers set up [and] argue over why this
[proposed policy] would work.”
His negotiation and compromise skills will come in handy as
he assumes the role of Berry College Student Government Association president
“I think it’s a confidence boost to be in a new place and to
talk to people and see different inputs you can get,” said Teddy, who also is a Berry offensive lineman and student ministry leader. “To be able to
know I can go up here and talk to people about things impacting the Berry
campus and the Rome community, it’s a good feeling to have.”
After graduating from Berry, he
hopes to become an elected official for a city council and eventually pursue
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Written by Public
Relations Student Saif Sarfani