Trump wins in New Canaan ... High School
NEW CANAAN — In a foreshadowing of who Americans would elect as president, New Canaan High School students selected Republican Donald Trump as part of VOTES, a mock election project done with high school students across the country.
According to the election results announced on Nov. 4 on NCTV, Trump got 46.8 percent of the vote with 492 students casting ballots for him. Democrat Hillary Clinton came in second with 36.3 percent and 381 votes, followed by Libertarian Gary Johnson who got 10.6 percent of the vote with 111 ballots. Only 67 students voted for Green Party candidate Jill Stein, securing her 6.4 percent of the vote.
Michael Joshi and and Kristine Goldenhawk, history teachers at NCHS, normally hold mock elections for their civics classes but were excited to have the election become school wide. The students from their civics classes worked as poll workers for the election, which had an 83 percent turnout.
Though the majority of students are under the age of 18, the teachers encouraged those that could to register for the actual presidential election on Nov. 8. The class of 2016 in particular was encouraged to register to vote, helping contribute to a voter registration increase in the town by 500 voters.
Joshi said he was not surprised by the school’s election results, but more pleased by the fact that students voted based on the issues, rather than media perception.
“We weren’t going to be surprised either way with results,” Joshi said. “We were more encouraged that 83 percent of students voted. That was a number we were really happy with. Students have been bombarded with media attention on two candidates, so it wasn’t shocking to see spread on one side or the other.”
Over 1,000 students participated in the mock election by voting on iPads in the school on Oct. 31. NCHS was one of three high schools in Connecticut to participate in VOTES this year.