Every presidential race, Moorestown Friends hosts a Mock Primary Election. Upper School students portray the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates on the campaign trail, participating in debates, town hall meetings, and the Primary Election. Students representing the candidates become well-versed on pressing issues in American politics, such as national security, gun control, immigration, LGBTQ rights, climate change, education, healthcare, and the federal budget. During the many MPE programs, the MFS constituents have the opportunity to become informed voters and learn about candidates’ positions on these topics before they cast their vote for President of the United States. This every-four-years tradition began in 1960 and provides students with experiential political, social, and historical lessons that extend far beyond any chapter in a textbook.
Enjoy some highlights from the Mock Primary Election archives!