It’s not every year that there is a presidential election. And it’s not every year that the two main candidates are Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (potentially the first female president) and businessman Donald Trump. Many of us as students feel strongly about the state of politics in America, but are too young to actually vote. This year, we’re trying something new at Shaker. We will be holding a mock election based on the one currently happening in our country. With the help of the Social Studies department, a group of seniors enrolled in Participation in Government and Economics have devised a system of running a mock election in which each Shaker student will be able to fill out a ballot and cast a vote for who he or she would like to see as the next President of the United States of America. The candidates are as listed on the real ballot: Republican candidate Donald J. Trump, Democratic candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, and Green Party candidate Dr. Jill Stein. Each student will be assigned a specific polling place according to his or her homeroom. Since school is not in session on the real Election Day (i.e. November 8th), the Shaker election will take place on Friday, November 4th. There are absentee ballots available if you know you won’t be in school that day; just see Mrs. Butry or Ms. Stupp to receive one. To stay up to date, follow our Twitter account, @SHSvotes2016 . On November 4th, we strongly encourage everyone to dress in red, white, and blue, get excited, and vote!