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East Union's Mock Election
Sunday, November 6, 2016
Mr. Khalil Abou-Hamad and his students decided that they weren't too excited about this year's political parties so they started their own political campaigns instead.
There were twelve political parties total and three to four students to every group. Each period saw several political parties formed in competition with one another.
The students were required to form a political party with three to four members, find a name, decide on a color, mascot, and slogan and then assign roles to one another. Each political faction had one party leader, who would be their strongest speaker, a policy advisor, who was required to study the propositions and illustrate the explanations, and a public relations specialist, who created posters and advertisements through social media.
"We started this project on October 24th so we had roughly two and a half weeks to prepare for election day." said Mr. K. Come election day, he invited students and teachers from other classes to come in, observe the propositions, and vote for the one party they supported most.
Juniors, Camille Benham, and Alexis Smith voted for the "Mega-Trump-Busters Party". "They had some really good points on Proposition 66, to keep the death penalty and aim to speed up an appeals process that would normally just drag for years." said Smith.
Freshman Madison Woodland, and junior Hailey Gosney both voted for the "Great America Party". "I thought the student representative was really good at explaining his assigned propositions. He knew what he was talking about. He discussed not legalizing abortion, and proposition 64 on not legalizing marijuana." said Gosney.
"When he was talking about abortion he stated 'Every life should be given a chance' and I agree with him." stated Woodland.
Senior, Amanda Armstrong, was very excited to speak her thoughts on the mock election, "I found it interesting how students in high school were getting a chance to understand not only the election but also California's propositions. There were twelve different parties. Each of them told us why we should vote for them to help California succeed."
Mr. K, Ms. Golembeck (para educator), fellow department members and all the students in T6 were exceedingly excited to host East Union's very first mock election, and were eager to be visited by Superintendent Jason Messer.
"I thought it was alright. He seemed like a very nice guy and he was easy to talk to. I wasn't really nervous, I stayed calm and felt comfortable talking to him" said sophomore Nicholas Cann.
Balance was definitely key, and something Mr. K heavily stressed. Many parties focused and themed themselves on proposition 64 so they split and shared a lot of competing votes as opposed to the "Great America Party," who focused on a variety of propositions. "I focused on other propositions. I filled up my wall with what was really important, and that is America." stated leader of The Great America Party, Cann. The Great America Party won the election with 71 votes total. The overall satisfaction of this mock election exceeded its expectations. "I definitely felt like all our hard work paid off."
Freshman, Michelle Rojas, Policy Advisor of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Party watches Assistant Principal view their explanation as to why they are against proposition 52.
Sophomore, Isabel Aranda, Policy Advisor of the Great America Party, encourages a peer to vote for their respective party.
President of Great America Party, Nicholas Cann promotes his respective party to Dr. Clark Burke.
Senior and Ballot Box Bouncer, Pete Roblero watches Superintendent Jason Messer submit his vote into the ballot box.
Senior and party leader, Juan Carlos Gonzales, and sophomore and public relations specialist, Richard Parra Sanchez of the Narcos Party discuss their platform.