The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

November 2, 2012

Pupils hit the polls as part of mock election

DeAnn Cardarella
For The Tribune-Democrat

— They may not be old enough to vote, but the 2012 presidential election is heavy on the minds of pupils at Our Mother of Sorrows in Westmont.

On Friday, pupils in grades 2 through 8 had the opportunity to go to the polls and let their voices be heard. The event was part of a nationwide mock election, Every Kid Votes, that allows schools to see results on a school, county and national level.

The nationwide election originally was scheduled for Tuesday, but Superstorm Sandy wreaked with to power outages and school cancellations.

Every pupil casting a ballot recognized the importance of Election Day.

Eighth-grader Adeline Mishler said it is important to have your voice heard.

“People need to get out and vote and state their opinion by voting,” she said. “People who don’t vote don’t have the right to complain.”

The pupils were abreast of the important issues in this year’s presidential election. For fourth-grader Andrew Buettner, taxes played a part in the decision making. Additional fourth-graders expressed topics that could sway a decision.

Clarissa Pearce said, “We need more jobs.”

Reagan Phillips is concerned about gas prices. In light of Sandy, Annah Lovette said the president in 2013 needs to do more following natural disasters.

Adriana Strohm, a third-grader, would like to remind all eligible voters to get out and vote. “It is important because we are voting for our president.”

Fellow third-grader Nick Gardill has been a little concerned about the possibility of excessive campaigning.

“I think there are too many ads and phone calls,” he said. “I think they do too much.” Gardill admits that many calls at his house receive the same action.

“We just hang up,” he said.

Colin Stevens is hopeful the next four years will be headed by a president much like the president he considers to be the role model for all chief executives – Abraham Lincoln.

“He was always honest,” he said.

The schoolwide election results had Mitt Romney the winner with 54.7 percent of the votes. President Barack Obama came in at 45.3 percent. The students are eager to compare their results to the nationwide school results, which will be available early next week.

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