In the heat of the presidential campaign, middle school students may feel disconnected from the candidates since they cannot legally vote. Magnolia Middle School brought the polls to them with a mock election, giving the students a chance to vote for the person they want to lead to the country.
Kristi Martin, an eighth grade U.S. history teacher, explains, "It's important for the kids to understand that it's not about the person so much as it is for what they stand for. We want our kids to choose the president based on their beliefs and what they feel is important and is going to change the world."
It is the issues that has many of the students, like the rest of America, agreeing with each candidate's position on certain topics.
Deven Martin, an eighth grade student, describes his position, "I do agree with the education that Barack Obama is trying to fix, and taxes that Mitt Romney is trying to help with. The economy for both of them is definitely one of the strong points that I like."
An overwhelming majority of the students we spoke with sided with President Obama based on his education platform.
Dachona Thomas, an eighth grader, said, "Me, since I'm still in school, it seems like Barack Obama wants more education for our students, and with me still being in school, I'll probably go with Barack Obama."
Kaley Smith, also an eighth grader, tells us, "It seems like he really understands what the middle class family and the lower classes really need and want, and with Mitt Romney, he seems like he's just been rich all his life so he wouldn't really understand."
Jae'Lawn Green, the student council president, says, "I agree with he's trying to help with education. He won't let them drop out until they get to the age of 18. He wants everybody to go to college."
The students said they enjoyed the chance to vote, and plan on being real voters when they turn 18.