YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Two students from Youngstown State University will be going to the Republican National Convention next week as honorary delegates.
The students will have access to some events that are otherwise only for high-ranking political officials.
Senior Sara Pretoka is still waiting to hear exactly what she’ll do at the convention in Cleveland, but knows she will be attending exclusive luncheons and sessions, getting a behind-the-scenes look at the political world.
“It kind of just blows my mind. I’m very excited I was picked for this,” she said.
Pretoka is a member of the YSU College Conservatives, which is how she became an honorary delegate.
“The last few weeks of the spring semester, Tressel wanted to send a couple, and he opened it up to our group because he saw that we were kind of involved in the conservative, Republican side.”
She says she is most excited to see political leaders from all over the country speak. Presumptive Presidential nominee Donald Trump is not the main attraction for Pretoka, though. Instead, it’s Ohio Governor John Kasich, who will be speaking at the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame.
“I’m really interested to see him speak and hope to maybe meet him.”
With politics comes protests, and this year’s RNC will be no different. Pretoka admits she is a little nervous going up but the threat of protests will not keep her away from Cleveland.
“I’m just going to try and take as many precautions as I can, and never be alone or put myself in potentially dangerous situations.”
The criminal justice major is graduating next May. She says there’s no guarantee that she will go after a job in politics, but she does want to go into public service.