Linda Martin, Mark Woodward, Jerry Colby, Justin Marsh, Bernie Juskiewicz, Rich Westman, Peter Ingvoldstad are all candidates who serve representing Lamoille Union towns. Martin photo
by Andrew Martin
HYDE PARK – Election Day 2012 is nearly upon us, and all over Lamoille County and the state people are gearing up for the election and to cast their vote. Even those under the age of 18 who are unable to officially vote are getting in on the act. On Tuesday, October 23, an Elections Afternoon was held at Lamoille Union Middle School in which students participated in a number of different activities and events related to past and present politics.
The event began at 12:15 with a school wide assembly in which students learned about what it means to be a U.S. citizen as well as who is running for various positions around the state and country. The assembly also featured several patriotic musical presentations and videos from Student Council candidates.
Following the school wide assembly students broke up into their smaller teams to begin participating in a number of different workshops and activities. Topics for the various workshops included the Vermont political tradition, the U.S. Electoral College, propaganda ads, hand drawn and electric campaign posters, activists, the writing of political songs and student debates. Two other workshops involved a debate between local candidates in Lamoille County and a Skype session with Governor Shumlin.
The day ended with a political rally in which Student Council candidates further introduced themselves to their voters.