Students get started early in presidential politics

December 4, 2012

By Olga Alentyeva

Hall Monitor
Olga Alentyeva
Issaquah High School

The 2012 elections seemed to have sparked a political interest in the students at Issaquah High School.

You would think that the presidential election is not a topic that most teenagers typically discuss, due to a lack of being able to participate in the voting. Yet a number of students at Issaquah High understand that they should be educated enough in the world of politics so that the next time the elections come around, they will be able to make the right decision.

To encourage that, Issaquah held a mock election, where underage students were able to get a feel for what voting is like in the real world. The closer Issaquah High students get to a legal voting age, the more involved and interested they seem to be in such topics.

Most seniors who were eligible were more than willing to vote and developed a certain interest in knowing who the options were for being the United States’ president. Nearly all students have found that their social studies classes have encouraged their participation in the political field.

As we get older and mature, we realize that we have a lot more responsibilities — not just grades or staying out of trouble, but the attention we owe to our government. We are the voices of our generation, and our future votes matter. If action is not taken now, society could see a downturn in the near future.

Thankfully, Issaquah High School consists of a great student body filled with future voters, as well as future leaders, who are willing to step up and take action. These young adults have proved they have the opinions and the drive to make changes.

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