Joliet West High School Holds Debate Viewing & School-Wide Mock Election
October 4, 2016 10:40 AM
Joliet West High School students participated in debate viewing and a school-wide mock election during Human Services Academy Week.
Librarians Amy Lingafelter and Amy Walsh, along with teacher Annie Monninger, organized debate viewing events during the week to encourage an informed vote.
Student enthusiasm was clearly demonstrated with over 50 students attending Monninger’s debate viewing party where a debate-viewing guide was developed to be used the next day by student facilitators when the debates were re-played.
Monninger also registered students to vote and assisted with polling judge applications for election day.
The mock election was held in booths located within the cafeteria and library throughout the week to see which candidate would win at Joliet West High School. These booths not only gave students a spot to cast their ballots in the mock election, but also a place to learn about the different parties and how voting works in the United States.
With 569 votes cast, Joliet Wests’ choice for next president of the United States was Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, who received 45.9% of student votes.
Joliet West High School senior Megan Rateike said, "This was the first ever mock election here at Joliet West and the students really took a liking to it. The mock election allows Joliet West students to know that their vote matters and also prepares us to participate politically in the future."