by Zaria Bonds, Class of 2019 on August 3, 2016
Two Millsaps College students and an alumna recently had a close-up opportunity to watch political history unfold.
Weston Lindemann, a Millsaps sophomore, served as a Mississippi delegate at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pa. Noah Crosley, a Millsaps sophomore, was a volunteer at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, and Allie Peyton, a 2015 graduate, attended the convention as part of her job with the Mississippi Republican Party.
Weston Lindemann, with actor and activist Danny Glover,
Noah Crosley at the Republican National Convention
Allie Peyton at the Republican National Convention
Crosley, who is a political science major and education minor, worked with a team of volunteers to welcome delegates, their alternates, and their guests to the convention hall. He also checked credentials, answered questions, and assisted with security checkpoints located around the arena.
Crosley said the opportunity to volunteer at the Republican National Convention provided him the opportunity to make numerous connections for a future in politics, which should be helpful. He would like to become a lawyer and run for the state legislature in his home state of Tennessee.
Peyton, who majored in history and political science, works as a staff assistant for the Mississippi Republican Party. “I had the opportunity to assist with our daily events, distribute credentials, and be a hospitality point for the MSGOP delegation in Cleveland,” said Peyton, a Madison native who during her Millsaps years interned in the office of U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker in Washington, D.C. and served as the head page for the Mississippi House of Representatives.
At the age of 19, Lindemann, a Meridian native, served as Mississippi’s only at-large delegate for Bernie Sanders. Lindemann plans to major in political science and philosophy and would like to eventually become a state legislator or work on Capitol Hill.
Each Millsaps student credits political science professor Dr. Nathan Shrader for his help in showing them how to get involved in national politics.
“Dr. Shrader provided me with advice about how to run a strong, successful campaign to become a delegate,” Lindemann said.
“I also have to give a huge ‘thank you’ to my academic advisor, Dr. Shrader,” Crosley said. “He gave me plenty of advice, has shown me plenty of opportunities for success, and has always been interested in my well-being.”
Peyton said Shrader was helpful to her, too. “I am so thankful for Dr. Shrader asking if I wanted to volunteer for the MSGOP events during my time at Millsaps,” she said.