by Jada Burse, Talon Yearbook Editor
Tuesday, Nov. 8, America waited in anticipation for the results on who would become the next leader of the country. After winning the preliminary election, running for the Democratic party was Hillary Clinton along with running mate Tim Kaine, senator of Virginia. Running for the Republican party was Donald Trump with running mate Mike Pence, governor of Indiana.
After a long and industrious campaign both parties waited for their fate. Tallying the votes with a total of 290 electoral votes, Trump
won the election and Clinton won the popular vote with more than 1.7 million more votes over Trump. With no hard feelings between the two candidates they congratulated one another on each others success.
“Thank you very much,” Trump said.”I just received a call from secretary Clinton. She congratulated us, it’s about us, on our victory. I congratulated her and her family on a very very hard fought campaign.”
This year many students at Ruskin were eligible to participate in the election to vote. 94 students qualified to vote, yet only 16 registered and 11 went on a field trip to the booths to vote. However, those who did take the opportunity found that the first time experience was more than they thought it would be.
“It’s a powerful thing to live in a country where no matter where you come from, who you are, what you look like, you have a right to vote and to put your voice out there,” senior Shelby Woodroof said. “I feel like people who didn’t take advantage of this are going to regret it because that was a really powerful thing for me to experience.”
Not only some students, but teachers also took advantage of the moment and made sure that their voice was heard as well.
“If you think about it black people’s vote has been protected for only 51 years with the voting rights act of ‘65,” communication arts teacher Nicole Blakeney-Earl said. “So if you think of all the people who were lynched, beaten, burned and who literally fought for that one thing, to vote, to make a difference I feel like it’s my duty, somebody died for me.”
As President Obama’s 8 year term comes to an end some students will miss him and the legacy he has lead.
“It sucks the way the houses were divided,” senior Dominic Pellettiere said. “He couldn’t accomplish everything he wanted to do. I would’ve voted for him anyways, he was miles better than who we have this time.”
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