Since 1960, during every presidential race, Moorestown Friends Upper School students have campaigned earnestly on behalf of the Democratic and Republican candidates as a uniquely immersive American civics lesson. From 1960 to 1996, MFS held Mock Political Conventions, during which students acted as the campaign managers and delivered impassioned speeches to rally support for their nominee. The Mock Political Convention simulated national politics and typically featured the party that was out of power at the time. In 2000, the quadrennial tradition transitioned to what is today’s Mock Primary Election (MPE). To mirror the real election, if an incumbent president is running, the school only holds a primary for the other party.
This is the first in a series of videos, called MFS Defined, introducing specific Moorestown Friends School vocabulary – traditions, programs, values, phrases, and landmarks.