HEHS Students Participate in Mock Presidential Debates

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From left to right: Serenity Scott, Cristian Contreras, Kaitlyn Jedrzejowski, Krinal Thakkar, Brett Bertok, Sammy Sharief, Janessa Garciapovon, and Misbah Baig

From left to right: Serenity Scott, Cristian Contreras, Kaitlyn Jedrzejowski, Krinal Thakkar, Brett Bertok, Sammy Sharief, Janessa Garciapovon, and Misbah Baig

Hoffman Estates High School Social Studies Department conducted eight presidential debates on Nov. 2 and 3 to highlight and educate students on the issues facing the nation. Over 100 students participated in the debates with more than 1,000 in the audience.

Covering topics that ranged from foreign policy to immigration to the economy students were both educated on the issues and engaged in the democratic process. In past debates student panels would play actual candidates by name.

“In this contentious atmosphere, we as a department decided to have the students play the party rather than the candidate,” said Kevin Mallon, social studies department chair at HEHS.

When asked if HEHS students or the actual presidential nominees did better, freshman Parita Shah said, “the high school students did a much better job than Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump because they showed more maturity and civility on stage.”

Students will also hold a mock election to simulate the importance of getting informed on the issues before casting their votes.

“In a democratic society it is important to show our children how to have a civil discourse that focuses on the issues. Only then can we pass on our values to the next generation,” said debate organizer Sean Armstrong.