VIDEO: Election Participation Impresses Visiting Ukrainian Student

Ninth grader Dmytro Deyneko, who’s from Hopkins’ sister city of Boryspil, praised a process so many American take for granted.

Americans have no shortage of complaints about their electoral system: There are too many negative ads. There’s too much money. The campaigns are too contentious.

But that’s not the way a visiting Ukrainian student from Hopkins’ sister city of Boryspil sees it. Ninth grader Dmytro Deyneko is one of several Ukrainian students in the community as part of The Ukraine/Minnesota Civic Leadership Engagement Program for Youth.

The students are attending local schools, participating in civic leadership development activities and sharing their thoughts with the Minnesota youth.

As part of the program, Deyneko got to observe this year’s election process. When the City Council officially welcomed the students Wednesday, Deyneko took that as an opportunity to say how impressed he was with the election process.

Listen to his thoughts in the video above and then share your own in the comments section below.


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