Kate Basore

Centre mock elections slated for Nov. 8

CHS intern

For roughly 30 years, Centre High School’s government class has held a mock election. The project takes a month to complete and is the highlight of the government class every year.

Students are assigned groups and then given the task to appoint officers in their groups or “parties.”

Each group picks local, state, and national issues on which their party will speak in front of all K-12 students and staff. These issues range from introducing a “nap hour” to solving world hunger. Campaign posters, news articles, and video regarding what the group stands for and wants to change are also required for the project.

After speeches are given to the student body, students and staff vote for whom they would elect if the parties were campaigning for a real office in their school. Whichever party gets the majority of votes wins the mock election and may opt out of the next government chapter test.

In order to make the experience as real as possible, voting will take place on Nov. 8, the same day as the real presidential election.

“Participating in mock elections is really fun and a great way for us to actually see how to campaign and all the work that goes into running for an office,” junior and mock election participant Meghan David said. “It also teaches us important life skills like working together and time management. I think every junior looks forward to doing them each year.”

Last modified Oct. 19, 2016