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Rachel Demma, a recent admit to the political science program at Johns Hopkins University, is a 17-year-old high school senior at Boston University Academy. She has been an award-winning member of her school’s Model UN team since her freshman year, and the following spring was the first sophomore to ever be elected president of the team. During her presidency, she has helped three of her classmates (the future world leaders Victor Orlov, Will Rose, and Phill Giliver) organize a conference at her school for middle school students, doubled the number of conferences her team has attended and led the team to victory numerous times. With a passion for politics, she has taken several political science classes at Boston University and summer courses at Brown University. She attended her first political event when 18 months old at a Clinton-Gore rally in the fall of ’96, and most recently attended a lobbying event sponsored by Planned Parenthood at the Boston State House. She looks forward to blogging for The Huffington Post and hopes to continue to do so while at Johns Hopkins.

Entries by Rachel Demma

Texas Confiscates Tampons to Keep Texas Red

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 2:29 PM

This week, the fight between Texan politicians and Texan women over women's rights took a rather absurd turn as the state troopers at the Texas capitol confiscated newly established contraband: tampons and maxi-pads. State officials justified the ban on feminine products in the building as a safety measure to prevent...

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#BostonStrong: A Boston Teen's Experience of the Boston Bombings

(2) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 6:51 PM

When I was growing up, I spent a lot of time traveling between New York, where we would visit family and friends, and our Back Bay apartment. Like any other child confined for an elongated (and often boring) car ride, I would become impatient and anxious to get home. My...

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Our Freedom of Speech

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 9:51 AM

Upon arrival at a Model United Nations conference in Washington, D.C. last week, five classmates and I begrudgingly attended what we assumed would be an incredibly boring event: Opening Ceremonies. Much to our surprise, the event was not tedious at all, but instead extremely controversial.

The keynote speaker was David...

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Pride and Prejudice at 'Downton Abbey'

(1) Comments | Posted January 31, 2013 | 11:05 PM

Like every other "Downton Abbey" enthusiast, I have spent the past few days reeling in sadness and shock over the death of Lady Sibyl. As I watched the episode and the horrific scene of her death, I kept asking myself, "Is this really happening? Sibyl can't die!" Unfortunately, the scene...

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Where Are the Young Voters? Teens Absent at Planned Parenthood Event

(3) Comments | Posted January 24, 2013 | 10:42 AM

In honor of the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Planned Parenthood organized a lobbying event to protect women's reproductive rights and invited a multitude of women, including me (a 17-year-old student).

When the day of the event finally arrived and I walked into the conference room,...

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