South will hold mock election

It is election time at Nashua High School South. Led by teacher Katherine Johnson, the AP Government & Politics class will conduct a mock election for South students.

This election is scheduled for Nov. 4 during third block. Election booths will be set up in the South library to allow students to vote for their candidates of choice. The results of the election will be announced later in the day via intercom.

"The primary goal of the mock election is to inform and educate the student population about the candidates to help them become more politically aware about current events," Johnson said.

Noah Telerski, a Nashua South alumnus who took AP Government and helped conduct last year’s mock election, stressed the need for Nashua students to be politically aware.

"It’s very important that students take pride in being one of the more politically important states in the nation," Telerski said. "People who live in New Hampshire take their political job very seriously, and that’s something students can be proud of as they leave school and move on throughout the country."

This election will be accompanied by a mock debate, in which AP Government students will be portraying the candidates for president, New Hampshire governor, senator, and House representative.

According to Johnson, the purpose of the debates is to "get the students more familiar and knowledgeable about the candidates so they can make informed decisions about which candidates to vote for.

"Many students are familiar with the presidential candidates, but almost none of the students are familiar with the candidates down the ballot, such as the candidates for U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives," Johnson said.

The debates themselves will be conducted one week before the mock Election Day, to give students time to think about the candidates and make an informed decision.

During the mock debates, the students will portray the candidates from both major parties who are running for public office. AP Government students will research and learn about the candidates and their positions on various issues.

"I am very interested in doing this project," said sophomore Isaac Mwaura, who is taking AP Government and will represent Donald Trump. "We will be able to learn more about the background of the candidates and what they believe in."

Sophomore Kunaal Sundara, who is the Hillary Clinton representative, agreed.

"We will be able to learn about how elections are run, how candidates prepare for debates, and what it’s like to be on a debate stage," Sundara said.

Rohan Kumar is a sophomore at Nashua High School South.