By K. Adamson
On Nov. 6, the country will decide on the person who will man the helm in the nation’s capital for the next four years, and 4th-8th grade students at SJV will be casting their vote, too. Not in the Presidential election. They’re too young, of course.
Instead, the students will participate in a mock Presidential election at the school under the tutelage of Social Studies teacher Susan Schmitt. Ms. Schmitt has run the event every four years at SJV since the early 1970’s.
In the weeks prior to the election, 20 seventh and eighth grade students researched one of the actual Presidential or Vice Presidential candidates and wrote a campaign speech. After listening to the 8-10 minute presentations, Ms. Schmitt chose four of those students to stand-in for the candidates. Those four students will deliver their speeches to the 4th-8th graders at an assembly on Nov. 6.
All participating students will then cast electronic votes to be tallied by the end of the school day.
How closely will the student’s votes match that of the country? We’ll have up-to-the minute mock Presidential election results.