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High school students remember 9/11

September 11, 2006

Albany --The events of September 11th, 2001 changed the course of history. Just a few short years later, it is an integral part of many history courses.

Several students in Westover High School's AP World History class, like many other Americans, remember exactly where they were when the attacks happened.

Terrorism is something these students feel directly impacted by, and want to learn more about.

Current events are a daily discussion in Scott Myers' AP World History class. But the dicussion on this day, brings back hard memories for some students.

"I was very scared cause I wasn't sure was she going to be able to, you know, get away from all the chaos that was going on," said 15-year-old Elysia Davis.

On the anniversary of 9/11 Elysia Davis remembers worrying for her cousin, who lived in Manhattan when the towers came crashing down.

Most of today's high schoolers were pre-teens when terrorists attacked America, but teachers say it's an event in history to which they can directly relate.

"September 11th is like this generation's Kennedy assassination, I mean they know exactly what they were doing that morning," said Scott Myers.

Ryan Michel was only in the fifth grade in 2001. He watched on TV as the second plane slammed into the second tower.

"We didn't really know what was going on because we were just ten, but then the teacher was talking and we kinda got the idea, but not really. Now as I look back on it I think wow, it was pretty devestating," said Ryan Michel.

That devestation is burned into these young minds. Students say they want to know more about terrorism's causes and effects.

"Things that happen to us now are going to affect how we are in the future, so it's important to learn about it and understand why these things happen," said Davis.

An understanding of an important chapter in our nation's history that may help today's young students become the leaders of tomorrow.

Scott Myers, the teacher of that class says that global terrorism is taught more in his classes now than before 9/11.

The events that led up to 9/11, the attacks themselves, and modern terrorism are all part of the curriculum that students in that class will study in even greater detail later in the school year.

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