Students hold mock election and choose Trump as next U.S. President
Parkway High School has held a mock election every presidential election year since 1972. They’ve only been wrong four times.
This year, the school picked Donald Trump as the next President of the United States. Will they be right?
Meredith McGovern, Social Studies Department Head and instructor, said they begin planning the mock election at the beginning of the school year. Auditions are held and work begins as soon as the cast is announced.
“This is something we take our time on,” McGovern said. “It’s not a one and done deal. We don’t actually rehearse until the week of the mock election.”
This year’s production was over the top. From celebrity performances to talk show appearances, students went all out this year. One reason, McGovern suggested, is because of who the candidates are.
“I think they have definitely caused people to pay more attention,” she said. “Just because the media attention and the fact that our students are so keyed in via snapchat, Twitter, Facebook. It’s everywhere. They can’t escape it.”
Students researched and wrote their own speeches and presented them before the student body. Candidates were Donald Trump (played by Jonah Pease), Hillary Clinton (played by Shelby Newman), and Gary Johnson (played by Devon Salvetera).
The event culminated with students casting their votes in the 2016 Electoral College. After all 50 states were counted, Trump was the victor. But what’s the lesson here?
“They get that their vote matters,” McGovern said. “They did above and beyond what I thought they would do. I’m so proud of them.”
As for the real election results, there are bragging rights at stake.
“I think they are hoping they get it right this year,” McGovern said.