A study of politics


John Henson | Bear Tracks

Andrew Hensley (left) was an election officer for the mock election at Harlan County High School and watched as Cameron Smith cast his vote.

Bill Scott brought the 2016 presidential election home to students at Harlan County High School with a mock election, led by his political science students, earlier this month in the school cafeteria.
“The election went great,” Scott said. “The best part was that the students took ownership of the whole project. Each student researched each candidate in the computer lab. They worked in groups of two or three to create campaign a poster for the candidate they chose, and finally they served as election officers”
Donald Trump was the most popular candidate among HCHS students with 182 votes, easily defeating a crowded field for the Republican nomination. Marco Rubio was second with 63 votes, followed by Ben Carson with 26, Ted Cruz with 24 and John Kasich with seven.
Bernie Sanders won the Democratic nomination at HCHS with 27 votes, well ahead of Hillary Clinton with eight votes.
“It was and will continue to be interesting for me to compare our students’ voting percentage with the actual results,” Scott said.
For junior Rhett Alred, the election at HCHS helped prepare him for the real thing later this year.
“I think it’s imperative for students to learn about how the government works and the importance of being informed on presidential elections,” he said. “I actually get the opportunity to vote in the presidential election this year which I’m very excited for. Voting is a responsibility of all U.S citizens.”