By Heather Pickrell
Originally Published: November 19, 2012
Tuesday, November 5, the students of Temple Christian School arrived sporting the patriotic colors of our country and items advertising their ideal candidate for the presidency. Everyone was a buzz with talk about the issues and the men and women running for public offices. For some older students, they would be voting for the first time that day.
Tensions ran high the day of the election as voters rushed to the polls, eager to see who would be their next president. The race would be tight, that fact was clear. Some said Mitt Romney would win, and others claimed that Barack Obama would continue for a second term. In truth, no one really knew for sure. As time stretched on and the polls slowly closed one by one, the numbers began pouring in. Soon, the winner became apparent; Barack Obama had won the presidency.
“I thought that it would be closer, and I was disappointed.” Michael Guidera exclaimed later that week, voicing the opinions of many Americans but disagreeing with countless others as well.
“I’m glad for the opportunity, but my vote amounted to nothing,” Jared Ward, a senior at Temple Christian School, commented as he revealed his feelings regarding his first experience of casting his vote in a national election.
“In a world where people are looked down on because of their age, I am privileged to have the opportunity to affect my country,” said Lindsay Wafzig, another senior at Temple. She also expressed her disappointment that the candidate she voted for did not win the election.
Needless to say, the 2012 election will go down in history as one of the closest races and one of the most surprising. We can only wait and see what the next four years will bring. Until then, we will anticipate the next race for the highest-ranking position in America.