At Williston-Elko High School’s elections, pussy grabbed back

by jovan1984

If the nation follows the Psychic (Jamison) Twins and Williston-Elko High School, history will be made.

On Monday, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton won the mock election at W-E. The overall tally was 124-117 over Donald J. Trump, and it was 64-62 class wise. She took nine of the seventeen classes, although the Aiken Standard declined to note the class vote breakdown.

History teacher  Jeremy Lehman’s first current events class had pupils studying every aspect of this year’s election, from the primaries involving Clinton and Vermont US Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Trump, Texas US Sen. Ted Cruz, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Florida US Sen. Marco Rubio, and conventions of all four parties to the campaign and Election Day.

“They created posters. They did polling data,” said Mr. Lehman. “Today’s election is the culmination.”

Mr. Lehman gave his pupils a project. It split his current events class into three groups: logistics, who decided how the mock election was run, and Republicans and Democrats, who looked at an array of issues, ranging from abortion, the Supreme Court, guns, voting rights, freedom of expression and other issues.

The logistics group created the school’s electoral college by looking at the population of each homeroom, dividing it and assigning an appropriate number of electors, ranging from 12 to four, to each class.

The pupils also polled the entire school body of about 312 to see how the races were shaping up.

“Based on our polling data, Donald Trump was going to win, but we only polled about a third of the students,” explained Mr. Lehman to the Aiken Standard. “We talked about the weakness of the polls.”

The pupils signed in and showed their photographed ID cards issued at the beginning of the school year before voting as they would at precincts and voted on Chromebooks and Android tablets, both of which use Google’s software.

“We tried to create as authentic an experience as possible,” said Mr. Lehman.

Pupils also voted on issues, with education, civil rights and the economy topping their priority list based on their votes.

Freshman Hannah Beth Wootten, 14, of Williston, said education was her primary issue in the election.

“I’m in high school, and it pertains directly to me,” said Ms. Wootten.

She said that as part of the project, she and her classmates also learned about the candidates’ immigration policies, their plans for the economy and what they stood for on every other issue on the books.

She added that the current events class, which gives pupils the 411 they need but might not get in other classes, is a good addition to the curriculum.

“We learned about what’s going on today,” Ms. Wootten told the Aiken Standard.

For Janiyah Williams, 14, a freshman residing in Blackville, guns and gun safety were the most important issues. She said that the laws are way too lax.

“I feel like if people have guns, they should have a strict policy for that and more gun laws,” Ms. Williams told the Aiken Standard.

On Wednesday, Mr. Lehman said he and his class will start looking at the aftermath of the election, regardless of who the nation picks.

“We’ll analyze the electoral map and see where each candidate won. We’ll look at how the transition team works, what President Obama will do for the next two months and how Clinton or Trump will reposition if she or he loses,” he said. “The class is a good group of engaged kids, about 20, who want to be there. We’re good for the next few months.”

 

Aiken Standard

h/t to Steven Brown, fellow Williston-Elko Class of 2002 alumnus, for the story.

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