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Longwood University preparing for Vice President debate next week

Mike Pence & Tim Kaine (MGN)

FARMVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- It's exactly one week away from the Vice Presidential Debate at Longwood University. And volunteers are preparing for the event already, more than 1,000 of them are needed to help.

"I actually cried, I actually shed real tears when they said Longwood," said Morgan Rollins, a student and debate volunteer.

She said when she heard Longwood mentioned during the Presidential Debate, it all sunk in. "It just made it really real for the first time to hear Farmville, Virginia and Longwood University on television with a hundred million people watching it's just insane," she said.

Rollins is one of more than 700 student volunteers, like Colton Hanks.

Hanks in charge of debate merchandise, has been giving media tours around campus, and is helping set up. He says the debate has helped him find new leadership skills. "Especially for myself, I was kind of shy, but with the debate coming up, I found new talents and new interests which is really rewarding, not just for me, but for Longwood as a whole," Hanks said.

Volunteer Corodinator, Macrae Hammond says it is rewarding to see all the students come together and be so involved. "It's a once in a life opportunity, it really is, it's a chance to be an active voter, an engaged citizen, but not only that, it's a line on your resume that no one else is going to have," she said.

Longwood is having activities on campus involving all things debate starting Sunday. The debate is Tuesday inside Willett Hall.

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