Clay Aiken Visits West High School


The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.
~ Mark Twain


The temperature in Iowa City on Friday was really cold…how do you get around when it is only 10 degrees?  But, to Clay Aiken, Sunny Hostin, and the crew of The View, they didn’t seem to mind.  They were busy at West High School, getting to know the student body of this interesting high school.


The day started early.  Hostin started interviewing two students at 8:00AM in one room while Clay chatted with two other students in another room.

The rest of the day was filled with individual interviews, followed by a panel discussion in the afternoon led by Clay and Sonny.


According to Isabelle Robles, Editor-in-Chief of the school newspaper, Clay said:

This school is probably one of the most diverse that I’ve ever seen. It’s really impressive. We have been talking to a small group of students; they have been open and honest and very forthcoming. I’d say courageous, some of them, which is nice, especially for kids who are sixteen or seventeen years old. And the atmosphere at the school has been pretty welcoming.


The ABC website says that Clay and Sunny will be on The View on Thursday, January 12th. They will talk about their visit with the students and share some video of the day!

If you would like to read the article by Isabelle Robles, editor of the school paper, you can see it at WESTSIDESTORY


I am looking forward to seeing this show.  It will be interesting to see how much the students have learned from each other.

Have a great week-end and be kind to each other!


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3 thoughts on “Clay Aiken Visits West High School

  1. Praying that this country is going to move forward and not backwards! Looking forward to
    The View Thursday!

  2. Thank you for the excellent preview – w pics yet, how do you do it? Interesting to read what students thought about their experience of face-to-face unscripted discussion.

    Af work, I was a monitor of meetings between co-workers who had contentious feelings caused by email exchanges. Without seeing facial expression or hearing tone of voice, email recipients often took offense at a message meant to be ironic or humerous. The hard feelings dissipated within minutes once the folks met in person.

    Seems like students being able to discuss feelings and fears in person has a similar affect, so hopefully schools will make such meetings part of their curriculum!

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