Midterm election serves as political discussion for government classes

Future voters assessed and discussed previous midterm election with fellow peers in government


Reese Thornton

Lars Winstrom shares his AP Government virtual learning day from Darcy Pohl.

Senior government students tackled the debate over congressional candidates Elaine Luria and Scott Taylor, sorting out their views and allowing multiple perspectives among classmates.

“We’re just now getting to the chapter where they find out where [the students] politically align, but there are some already that have a stance and feel pretty passionate about it,” said AP U.S. Government and Politics teacher Darcy Pohl. “For my virtual learning day, I had students look up candidates and find out which one they really took a side with.” 

With a select amount of the seniors eligible to vote, Pohl finds that the discussions have been beneficial to the students to clarify their positions.

“ I would say 20 percent [of students] have a strong opinion,” said senior Elizabeth Carrier. “At a certain point I don’t really care as long as they’re a good person. As long as we’re electing good people.”

After the exposure to a local political event through these discussions, it left room for the students to ponder on their political views, and, as Pohl hopes, delve into it more.

“I hope if nothing else, I spark their interest and they can continue to develop what they believe and why they believe it, as they go as adults into the world,” said Pohl.