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Ware holds mock election

Ware students Calvin Fluhr (left) and Brendan McCarthy cast their ballots.

Ware Academy 7th-graders held a mock election on October 28. The host  was Mrs. Angie Dunston, seventh grade homeroom teacher, and the moderator was Caitlin Blankenship, seventh grade student.

This election was a party versus party election—no one student ran for office. The format of the election was designed by Dunston to differentiate the parties as a group and include the entire class. The seventh grade was randomly split down the middle to represent the Republican and Democratic parties. The students from each party answered questions on specific topics such as education, taxes, environment, economy, energy, Iraq war, immigration and health care.

In weeks prior to the mock election the students watched TV debates between the current Presidential candidates. They held many classroom discussions on the electoral voting process and debated on the different public viewpoints presented in newspaper articles and commercials. The student representatives had to use several research techniques and search engines; as well as write their research in a format with citations and vocabulary they had to look up to understand.

The moderator’s questions were developed by the students themselves after reviewing of a poll of 65 questions that were on an election website posed to both parties.

After the parties spoke on each topic, the middle school students cast their votes. “It was a really good opportunity for middle school students to be empowered and understand their voices really count and to take their citizenship seriously no matter the age. It is never too young to understand your civic duties and responsibilities,” said Dunston.

The winner of this mock election was the Republican Party.

posted 10.29.2008

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