Prior to the Presidential Election, Bullis Students will have a little election of their own. With a student representative for each political party, the Bullis community will be able to hear the ideas of the presidential parties and form their own political opinions through a “mock election.” Each party will be able to promote their ideas with their own campaign staff and political advisers.
Each presidential candidate has a student representative. Jonathan Dyer (’13) will be Barack Obama, Teddy Sullivan (’14) will represent Republican hopeful Mitt Romney, and Arman Salmasi (’15) will be representing the Libertarian Party’s Gary Johnson. The students will each have their own campaign and a teacher advisor to guide them throughout the process. Dyer says the most important aspect of the election for him is “doing justice to what Obama’s actual views are. Even if a student doesn’t agree with his ideals, it is important that they can understand his viewpoints and what he is trying to convey to the American people.”
The mock election poses as a great opportunity for students to truly think independently when it comes to politics. At this point, students are often very impacted by various other things such as parents and social media to form their opinions. The town hall meeting not only allows the student presidential hopefuls to share their ideas, but allows students to be more aware of the policies and issues the real presidential candidates argue and debate to win over the American public.
Zach Wood (‘14) is coordinating this year’s mock election and is very excited about what the mock election has to offer Bullis students.
“The main purpose of this year's mock presidential election is to help Bullis students gain a better understanding of the political process in the United States. Through conducting a mock election, we feel students will learn more about how presidential campaigns are organized, how debates work and the ways in which presidential candidates establish various platforms. Holistically, we hope the mock election will further elucidate the presidential election of 2012.”
This is the first time Bullis has done a mock election, and it is one of the few activities at Bullis that involves the Upper, Middle, and Lower schools.
The mock election will conclude by coinciding with the real election on November 6. A “Bullis President” will be crowned by the student body shortly thereafter.