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Soulsville students will travel to Vice Presidential Debate

(WMC-TV) – Memphis students are planning a trip to see the Vice Presidential Debate in Kentucky next week.

The trip has been the talk of Soulsville Charter School.

"We're still talking about it. We're like, ‘We're going to the Vice Presidential Debate!' It's hitting us smack dab in the face now," said student Keosha Stewart.

Twenty students are hitting the road next week headed. They are going to Centre College in Kentucky for the only Vice Presidential Debate of the election season.

"When they first told me that we were going on this trip completely free I was like, 'Unreal,'" said student Brian Johnson.

The trip was sponsored by Memphis Attorney Leigh Chiles.

"I think it's an incredibly big deal," she said.

Chiles and her associates raised more than $15,000.

"I've got to tell you that I'm so proud of my colleagues at Baker Donelson," said Chiles.

An alum of Centre College, Chiles said after visiting Soulsville, she was inspired.

"There are quotes along the walls and I was incredible moved by the statements of one student," she said.

"We are a small school and we don't get that much credit for what we do," said student Jermarcus Brown.

The trip came as a complete surprise to students. It also came as a surprise to Chiles, who emailed Centre College administrators with the wild notion of bringing the scholars to the debate.

"They're the only students that have been invited for sure from out of state," said Chiles.

The plan is to allow students to ask the vice presidential candidates a collective question. A member of the Soulsville debate team, Tumi Akin-Deka, says she plans to ask about college tuition hikes.

"I'm in the middle class and when you're in the middle class you end up falling in a donut hole, whereas, if you're really poor you know they're going to pay for it or if you're really rich then you can pay for it, but if you're in the middle class they expect you to pay for it, so I want to know what they're going to do for middle class students," said Akin-Deka.

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