Photo submitted

Nakusp students run mock election day event

Submitted by Nakusp Secondary School teacher Sean Johnston.

The Grade 7 class at Nakusp Elementary School with the help of Mrs. Leitch and her WKTEP teacher candidate Mr. Johnston has been getting political.

For the past month, the class has learned about different forms of government, including the systems of government in Canada, B.C., and Nakusp and were even able to chat with the Mayor herself.

Through Student Vote (a CIVIX organization), the class has been studying the political parties represented in the West Kootenay electoral district. Many lively political discussions have been held, and the students were able to discover their own political ideologies through careful study and focused questions.

To cap off this learning, the class held the official Student Vote Student Election for Nakusp Elementary School on Monday, May 8, 2017. The students took turns running the polling station, and mimicked the official provincial system as much as possible.

After their polls closed, they counted and tallied the ballots, and reported their results to Student Vote; which will be announced along with the official election results after the vote on May 9.

It has been a fantastic way to get students to engage in political discourse and consider what might be important to them in a government. As well, there is hope that these students will be more likely to take part in the democratic process when they come of age.

What have you learned about politics and government through this process?

Mia Roberts When it was my turn to do my job only two people came

Unnamed People are very serious about the election

Connor Hilborne That there is a huge responsibility for the government.

Maia Zinselmeyer I learned that the process of voting has many steps and roles so everything runs smoothly.

Aidan MacKay I learned what a “scrutineer’s” duties are in an election.

Abbe Fellows The process was not fun because my group didn’t do much. All we did was count, no one came to vote for my group.

Horatio Kostuch I learned that elections are very official.

Tayleur Moffat I thought that the Student Vote was a very good learning experience. I would love to do it again. It was hard to cross off all the names and make sure there were no fake notes.

Amber LaMarsh Through this process I learned that voting is very organized and serious, so there isn’t any mishaps or misunderstandings.

Unnamed I learned from my experience at our Student Vote that many hands make light work.

Amelia Driedger I learned that there are only three parties to vote for in this election [in our electoral district].

Unnamed I learned the different views of each democratic party.

Bryce Alstad I learned that British Columbia uses the First Past the Post system [for voting].

Lucas Robins I learned that there are 87 electoral districts [in BC this year].

Riley Baron I learned how the Student Vote election works.

Phoenix White I learned about oligarchy.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

UPDATE: Regional District of Central Kootenay declares state of emergency, issues evacuation orders and alerts

The evacuation alert covers all areas except the Cities of Castelgar and Nelson

‘I knew what he wanted’: Man recalls black bear chasing him up tree in Slocan Valley

Francis Levasseur is no stranger to the outdoors, but a recent run-in with a bear caused quite a scare

No passenger flights at West Kootenay Regional Airport until at least September

This is the third time Air Canada has announced changes to flight operations out of the airport

Village of Nakusp looks to reduce water consumption

With sprinklers/hoses, residents could only water gardens for two hours on certain days under amended bylaw

Morning Start: 180 different bird species exist in Kootenay National Park

Here is your Kootenays’ morning start for Friday, May 29

11 new COVID-19 cases in B.C. as top doc urges caution amid ‘encouraging’ low rates

Dr. Bonnie Henry also announced that two care home outbreaks would be declared over

Surrey mayor’s party under fire for ‘sickening’ tweet accusing northern B.C. RCMP of murder

Mayor Doug McCallum says tweet, Facebook post ‘sent out by unauthorized person’

Father’s Day Walk Run for prostate cancer will be virtual event this year throughout B.C.

The annual fundraiser for Prostate Cancer Foundation BC has brought in $2.5 million since 1999

Dr. Bonnie Henry announces official ban on overnight kids’ camps this summer

New ban comes after talking with other provincial health officials across the country, Henry says

Senior man in hospital after unprovoked wolf attack near Prince Rupert

Conservation officers are on site looking for the wolf

VIDEO: NASA astronauts blast off into space on SpaceX rocket

Marks NASA’s first human spaceflight launched from U.S. soil in nearly a decade

PHOTOS: U.S. cities brace for increasing unrest over police killing of George Floyd

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has fully mobilized the state’s National Guard

Update: Deceased suspect in West Kootenay gas station stabbing only in town two weeks

Police say the 30-year-old suspect stabbed a Montrose gas station employee

$200,000 Maybach impounded after ‘L’ driver caught excessively speeding in Vancouver

Meanwhile, the supervisor sat in the passenger seat, police said

Most Read