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Students Learn Election Process

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

Many people have already cast their election ballots or will be doing so very soon, and of course all of those voters are eighteen years or older.

However, some local students are proving that it's never too early to learn the election process.

Young democrats and republicans at Parkersburg High School are debating many of the same issues as presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama.

But one issue both sides agree on is the importance of educating the nation's youth about the election.

"Them having the right to vote is right around the corner, so I think it's imperative that people who have the right to vote be informed," David Byler, president of Young Republicans, said.

"The student body is eventually going to be the leaders of the nation in time, and eventually we're going to need to learn all these issues that we're going to be debating about today," Josh Gainer, president of Young Democrats, said.

Making the teachers' jobs a little easier.

"We've learned they're teaching each other too. One student I heard just this morning said, 'Why is your poster shaped like an elephant,' and the other student said 'Because the elephant represents the republican party.'"

High school students aren't the only ones learning about elections. At St. Marys Elementary, they say it's never too early to cast your ballot.

"We want our students to be good responsible citizens and we want them to get an early start on that and to see what's gong on in the world and community, because this eventually will affect them," Dianna Lewis, a 3rd grade teacher, said.

And after spending weeks contemplating who to vote for, 3rd grader Orv Taylor finally got to cast his ballot.

"We've learned not to vote because our friends are voting for them, or how tall they are or what color they are," Taylor said.

Giving everyone an opportunity to have their voices heard, no matter how small they are.


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