According to polls,the current presidential race has seen an increased interest by youth. But how much do they really know about the candidates and how much is based on looks and hype? Rosemont Middle School students will not be old enough to vote in the 2008 election but that hasn’t stopped teachers from getting them involved in the political process through mock elections and essay contests.
Two eighth grade students, Demitri Camperos and Ellen Kim, had never really thought much about the presidency until their history teacher Lynn McGinnis told them about an essay contest sponsored by the Glendale Kiwanis Club.
“The essay asked, ‘How do the qualifications for president affect us?’,” Kim said.
Ellen and Demitri said that they reviewed the qualifications and began to brainstorm on how they felt about them.
The qualifications for president are: The president must be a natural-born citizen of the United States, 35 years of age or older and be a resident of the United States for fourteen years or more.