As voters were casting their ballots for the 2020 presidential election in polling stations across the nation, Heritage Hall students were making their voices heard in the School’s mock elections. Middle and Upper School students cast votes for Joe Biden, Donald Trump, or others, while first graders chose between Farmer Brown and Duck, the primary characters in the children’s book Duck for President, by Doreen Cronin. Even our youngest Chargers in the Early Childhood Center got involved, voting between the main characters in the different book series they were reading. Regardless of the candidate pool, each voter was required to learn about and follow the proper steps in the electoral process.
When asked what prompted her to organize the Upper School mock election, history teacher Courtney Hubbart replied, “The current political climate is extremely divisive. Holding a mock election provided an opportunity to teach students about the voting process, how to evaluate multiple sources, and how to think objectively, which will help them become more informed and engaged voters.”
In organizing the mock election, Hubbart mirrored Oklahoma state voter registration laws to emphasize the two-step voting process and the fact that Oklahoma does not allow for late registration. “Overall, I’m very pleased with how the mock election process turned out, and that so many students were able to have a quasi-voting experience to better prepare them for future elections,” Hubbart said.
In the end, Joe Biden (D) came out victorious in the Upper School, while President Donald Trump (R) won in the Middle School. While these results pleased some and disappointed others, every student kept the election civil and respectful, recognizing that, in the end, we are all Chargers.
Heritage Hall is a co-educational college preparatory school in Oklahoma City. As one of the few secular private schools in the state, we offer a challenging academic curriculum for students from preschool through grade 12, as well as unique leadership opportunities, a wide spectrum of athletics, and a well developed fine arts program.