The 2008 presidential election is upon us, and many schools across Mississippi participated in mock elections this week to teach students about the democracy in which we live.
514 schools are participating in a mock election being conducted by the University of Virginia, and one of those schools is close to home.
Northeast High School in Lauderdale County took part in the election, with 85% of their students voting. They say they hope for a similar turn-out in the real election next week.
LCDR Michael Josef is the Senior naval science instructor for the Northeast High School NJROTC program. He is the organizer for the mock election at Northeast High School.
"The JROTC programs here, at Meridian, and around the state are focused on leadership, community service, citizenship, and patriotism," said Josef. "And I think this was the perfect opportunity to go ahead and do that."
Tempestt Kennedy is the student officer for the mock election. She is a graduate of the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State program where she was the Girls State Secretary of State. She has brought that experience to Northeast High School for this mock election.
"Leadership ties in very good with it, and citizenship and patriotism, like Commander Josef said. It helps a lot with ROTC, and I think it's important for every student out there that is 18 to vote," said Kennedy.
So how about some results from the election? Sen. Barack Obama was the big winner with nearly 53,000 votes. John McCain finished with over 44,000 votes. Roger Wicker won the U.S. Senate vote in the mock election with a spread of more than 6,000 votes over Ronnie Musgrove.