By EMILY R. WEST
Staying in line with the rest of the students in the state, Williamson County Schools participants in the statewide mock election voted for Republican nominee Donald Trump.
About 165,968 students representing 479 schools from 90 of the state’s 95 counties participated.
“I’m thrilled that so many students and teachers from across our great state got behind this project with such passion,” Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. “Hopefully giving civics such an important role in the classroom translates into engaged citizens who continue exercising their right to vote when they are old enough to vote in real elections.”
Students in preschool through high school from public and private schools as well as home school associations in Tennessee participated. Ballots let students choose between Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and all qualified independent presidential candidates, but schools conducted elections locally in different ways.
When it came to Williamson County Schools, all of the high schools participated in the election except Nolensville.
Here’s how those results broke down:
The highest percentages for Trump game from Summit and Page High Schools, both at 62 percent. The only school who chose Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton was Renaissance High School.
Statewide, Trump earned 53.1 percent of the vote with Clinton scoring only 34.3 percent.
Students are also entering an essay contest to encourage them to be actively engaged citizens. Essays topics will be about voting and length requirements vary by grade. Schools may submit two essays at each grade range. Winners from each range will receive a TNStars 529 College Savings Program scholarship worth $100, $250 or $500 in addition to a trip to the State Capitol. The essay submission deadline is Nov. 4.
The program also offers lesson plans created by Tennessee teachers. The goal is to offer an easy way for teachers to incorporate civic engagement and citizenship into their curriculum.
For more information on how students voted in the Student Mock Election, essay contest or lesson plans visit: sos.tn.gov/civics