Students at Northgate Middle School spent their Friday voting for president, governor, senator, and U.S. representative. Their votes may not count in the real election, but it’s a way for students to have their own voices.
Emotions did run high during the mock election, much like the real election.
"People took it too seriously and everyone is getting mad about the candidates,” said seventh-grader Joseph Winfrey.
Some voted for Hillary Clinton.
"Hillary is just more put together than Trump is,” said sixth-grader Hank Word.
"We've never had a woman president before and she'll be a great candidate," said sixth-grader Cora Skaggs.
Others prefer Donald Trump's tell it like it is politics.
"If you can be strong and say what you want you should be able to run a country,” said Winfrey.
No matter the vote, it got middle school students involved, even if their votes won't count this time around.
"At the beginning when we first started learning about the candidates they were like, 'Well this doesn't matter because I'm not voting,' and I was like, 'Wrong - you are voting,' and it totally gave them more buy in and they cared more because they actually got a voice," said seventh grade social studies teacher Mindy Wheeler.
It also gave students a little taste of the real world.
"It's kind of exciting because this is what it is going to be like when we are older," said Skaggs.
"It's a really cool opportunity just to get us started on what we have to do when we grow up," said Word.
The results of this mock election will be announced in school on Election Day next Tuesday.
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