Chance to vote ‘a real sign of becoming an adult’

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This year’s election, in particular, has sparked interesting thoughts and opinions throughout the country and here at ARHS.

As November 8 approaches, the seniors who are 18 are preparing themselves to vote.

This historic election may also see the nation’s first female president.

Senior Madison Flueckiger, who turned 18 in late September, will cast her vote for Hillary Clinton. “I’m very excited,” she said. “I think it’s very cool that I get to have a say in this election.  This is a real sign of becoming an adult.”

Senior Mikah McNamara said she was also very excited to vote for Clinton.

“I am lucky that I can vote.  It means a lot that I can express my opinion,” she said. “Clinton has the experience, the dedication, and the temperament to better our country. She is without a doubt the most prepared candidate that we have seen in a long time.”

She added, “Even though we are a mostly blue state it is still important to vote, especially in such a big election.”

Not everyone shares McNamara’s excitement.

Senior Janis Pham was a little worried. “A lot is at stake,” she said.

Pham said she questioned the ability of some teenagers to choose a good candidate.

She will cast her vote for Clinton. “I’m voting for Hillary. Trump is just a garbage can of problems. He said that the only thing that Hillary has going for her is her breasts and that’s pretty self explanatory,” she said.

“I think that we all have the capacity and ability, but that doesn’t mean all of us are ready,” said Pham.  “Right now, I am more worried for this country [if Trump is elected] than myself.”

“I am kinda nervous that I have to make a such big decision,” said senior Andre Shepard.

The majority of ARHS students cannot vote, which is very frustrating to some seniors.

“I really wish I could vote.  I should be able to vote because this next president is going to affect the start of my adult life,” said Megan Rice. “But I don’t know who I would vote for. I don’t like either candidate.”

“I don’t like that I cannot influence the future of the country and that I don’t have a say,” she added. Rice will not be 18 until next year.

Students have different feelings regarding their eligibility to vote this fall.

Whether they are excited or nervous, they know that on November 8 they will make a decision that will change the next four years of their lives.