• Forming a Perfect Union:
    “Voting is your constitutional right and the biggest influence in the government US citizens have,” junior Kyle Rast said. Knowing the candidates is a key role in deciding the proper fit for president. Research must be done in order to assure you are making the best decision in candidacy. Watching candidate speeches and presidential debates is where most citizens gather information about the presidential candidates.
  • The More You Know:
    Students are required to take a government course before they can graduate. “Essentially students should know the history behind what it took for them to get their rights to vote,” government teacher Todd McMath said. Within the class units such as the Constitution, elections and powers of government, Legislative and judicial branch are discussed
  • Duties Fulfilled:
    “My favorite unit to teach would have to be the Constitution unit. It’s the biggest unit of the government class and it lays out what the government is supposed to do by the rules and how you make sure they are doing that,” government teacher Barbara Beyke said. In the Constitution unit, students learn about the social contract and responsibilities between the U.S. government and its citizens.
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  • Practice Makes Perfect:
    Young adults ages 18 to 24 make up 18 percent of all eligible voters in America. In 2012, while there were approximately 26 million people 18-24 years old, only 28 percent voted, which means only 9.8 million of young adults voted. To encourage more young adults at McEachern to vote, voter registration forms are distributed by teachers to students to prepare them for the real election.
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  • To Vote or Not to Vote?
    “Voting is a key role in this country. If you don’t take the initiative to vote, you can’t complain about who gets elected,” junior Ethan Cosper said. Georgia’s primary presidential election is set for Mar.1, voters must be registered to vote before Feb.1 in order to participate. The likelihood young adults will participate in the primary election are slim. According to the US Census Bureau America’s youngest voters have moved towards less engagement over time. Eighteen to 24 year olds’ voting rates dropped from 50.9 percent in 1964 to 38 percent in 2012.
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  • Show What You Know:
    One of the required tests in government is the sample citizenship test. It contains 50 questions that test the basic knowledge students have of their country. The actual test would not contain all of the 50 questions, but around 10-15 selected questions. A score of 60 and above is considered passing.
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  • President 2016?:
    The president who is elected in November could change student lives forever. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has proposed making college universal; therefore, raising taxes across the country.
  • Use Your Voice:
    “ If you don’t vote, you won’t be able to have a voice in what really matters in our country,” Senior Amaya Archuleta said. According to Bipartisan Policy Center, voter turnout dipped from 62.3 percent of eligible citizens voting in 2008 to an estimated 57.5 in 2012. The only way for your voice to be heard is by going out and voting, for a candidate that fits your ideas.
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by Kamryn Thomas, Staff Writer