Wood County Mock Trial and Voting

By: Jillian Risberg Email
By: Jillian Risberg Email

Future politicians, maybe...

CIA, that's Citizens In Action, a group of local middle school students got a lesson in government on Friday.

"Because we want to learn about our government and how it works and how we want to be good citizens,” says Angel Hill, a seventh-grader at Hamilton Middle School. “How to vote, how to like properly vote and how I want to know how to pick my leader for our country."

It's about all the agencies, departments, groups and individuals that make a government run.

"For our state and we really learn a lot when we go to the different courts and talk to our mayor,” says Kohl Eddy, a Blennerhassett Middle School eighth-grader.

A hands-on experience enhances the education that much more.

"I like it just because like you getta learn about your government... and like not only are you just like listening about things you actually getta like know what they actually mean,” says Breanna Lowe, a seventh-grader at Williamstown High School.

The future of America rests on our youth.

According to Parkersburg County Clerk Mark Rhodes, it’s important not just for adults to vote, but for kids to find out exactly about the voting and election process too.

“So hopefully they become voters,” he says.

Voting gives you a voice on important issues that affect you.

"As they said, 'every vote counts,’” Lowe says.

But it doesn't appeal to everyone, at least not now.

"A lot of people say you have to go to work on the jury and it can take a lot of time and stuff,” Eddy says. “A lot of time you'd have to go and it doesn't work with your schedule and stuff and you never know what might come up."

When Hill turns 18, she is definitely going to take advantage of her right and privilege to vote.

"So I can have a say in what I wanna -- in my country,” she says.

From roads to recycling to education to climate change, registering to vote doesn't mean you have to; it just means you can if you want to.

These kids learned they have that option in just a few years.

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