Iowa student will moderate nationwide ‘Vietnam’ webinar
NASHUA – A Nashua-Plainfield Community School District senior has been selected to co-moderate a PBS panel focusing on the Vietnam War that will be streamlined live Nov. 8 across the nation.
Caleb Lines will be joined by Lynn Novick, who co-directed alongside Ken Burns The Vietnam War, an acclaimed PBS documentary.
PBS has assembled the panel to observe National History Day.
The event will offer vital perspectives on the War and give students a chance to immerse themselves in one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history.
“Caleb was handpicked for this opportunity,” said his teacher Suzan Turner. “There was no application or other screening process. His selection was largely on the basis of the impression he made on the National History Day staff when he participated in their Normandy: Sacrifice For Freedom Albert H. Small Student and Teacher Institute.”
For that program, Caleb studied World War II for a semester, researched an Iowa soldier, and traveled to France to give a eulogy he wrote at the grave of that soldier.
“Only 15 student-and-teacher pairs are selected for the Normandy program in which Caleb and I participated,” Turner said. “It is a year-long intensive study of World War II paired with research on a local soldier and culminates in a 15-day summer institute with a trip to France and the American Normandy Cemetery. The cost of the whole program and the trip was paid for by the program and its sponsor, Albert H. Small.”
“Caleb showed great aptitude for history and was very professional in his interactions with researchers, veterans, and others while on this program with us,” said Gary Pettit, the director of communications for National History Day. “When we needed a student to co-moderate this event, Caleb was one of our top choices.”
The panel is assembling via webcam, and there’s already been a dress rehearsal for the one-hour program. And Caleb’s ready.
“I want to make sure that students in classrooms around the United States have a chance to hear the stories of people involved in the Vietnam War,” he said. “My role is to help deepen their understanding of this important event in history by asking questions of Lynn Novick and by posting polls to which students can respond throughout the program. These stories are important to understanding the past and its influence on society and our own lives today.”
Caleb is involved in numerous activities at Nashua-Plainfield High School, including band, FFA, student council, Future Problem Solvers, Quiz Bowl, National Honor Society, cross country, and basketball. Recently, the high school student body elected Caleb as the 2017-18 homecoming king. Additionally, Caleb is serving as a Global Youth Delegate for the World Food Prize organization. Outside of school, Caleb is involved in 4-H, shows livestock at county and state fairs, and has earned Silver Cord designation for his sustained service in the community, where his most recent project involves building a website for a local museum. Caleb’s future plans include attending Wartburg College where he will major in Biochemistry with a Leadership Studies minor.
The program will air from noon to 1 p.m. Viewers must register for the event.