Of the schools that participated in the state, 51.29 percent of students voted for Barack Obama and 48.71 percent voted for Mitt Romney, according to the Louisiana Secretary of State’s office, which put on the event.
In St. Mary Parish, 52 percent of students voted for Romney while 48 percent of students voted for Obama, said Meg Casper, press secretary for the Secretary of State.
Two Patterson High School students, Tanner Aucoin and Rachael Lemoine, represented the school district at the celebration event at the Old State Capitol, said Gidget Everitt, head of the social studies department at PHS.
The students toured the Old State Capitol building, viewed campaign posters and announced their school district’s mock election results, Everitt said. “Both kids really enjoyed it. It was a great experience. I hope we continue to send kids from the district because the girl that went for us four years ago … still remembers the experience.” Four years ago, PHS only sent one student but was able to send two students this year, Everitt said.
The students got to meet Secretary of State Tom Schedler and “really enjoyed” hearing guest speaker, LSU Baseball Head Coach Paul Mainieri, Everitt said. Representatives from Young Democrat and Young Republican groups were also in attendance, she added.
Though the election celebration event was only for high school students, local junior high school students also participated in the mock election on the Secretary of State’s website. Berwick Junior High and Patterson Junior High took part in the online election event last week.
Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students at BJHS voted 79.05 percent for Romney and 20.95 percent for Obama, said Amber Monceaux, coordinator for the mock election and seventh grade American history teacher at BJHS. All the school’s social studies classes have been talking about the election for the past weeks, she said.
“In my class, in particular, every day we check the poll numbers to see an update, and we’ve been doing projects to discuss the Electoral College,” Monceaux said. The students also examined the candidates’ views, fliers and talked about the use of propaganda in political campaigns, she said.
Students at PJHS voted 51.48 percent for Romney and 48.52 percent for Obama, said Principal Suzanne Bergeron. Students were tolerant of and interested in other students’ viewpoints, Bergeron said.
“They were anxious to see the results,” she said. “I think it was a great learning experience for them, encouraging them to continue on with those discussions.”
Students from M.D. Shannon Elementary and West St. Mary High were the other schools participating in the mock election in St. Mary Parish.