Shattuck-St. Mary’s Upper School students cast their votes for President during assembly on Monday, October 24, and if the results are any indication of the sentiments of the country as a whole, we are in for a tight race and late evening on Tuesday, November 8.
Monday’s mock presidential election produced nail-biting results, as SSM students backed Democratic nominee and former First Lady Hillary Clinton over Republican candidate and business mogul Donald Trump by a final tally of 127 to 120. Green Party candidate Jill Stein finished a distant third with 18 votes, followed by Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson, who garnered 10 votes.
In total, more than 300 votes were cast and 10 candidates received at least one student vote, including several write-ins. The results were announced during Wednesday’s assembly in the Newhall Auditorium.
While most SSM students are not eligible to vote in the 2016 presidential election, they have been immersed in classroom discussions, module topics on American politics, and a series of lunch-time chats hosted by SSM History Instructor Patrick Schaefer that have provided students with a forum to cover current events and share their thoughts on the upcoming election.
“Most of our students will eventually be eligible to participate in the U.S. political process and if we can get them interested in this process now, the chances that they will be informed voters in the future increases,” Schafer said.
“I also think it is important for international students to learn about the political process of the U.S. Most international students are hoping to live in the U.S. for a number of years and I think it is important that they learn about the country where they live. I’ve also noticed that many international students are interested in the political process because they recognize America as a powerful country and that the President has a global impact.”