Junior Achievement Students Cast Their Ballots

By Max Resnik

Junior Achievement Students Cast Their Ballots

October 24, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 6:57 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – Students from Avilla Elementary School traveled to Junior Achievement BizTown in Fort Wayne to run the town’s businesses for a day and cast their votes for president.

After operating the fictitious town’s 14 businesses, which include a bank, newspaper and hardware store, the fifth and sixth-graders went to the mayor’s office to cast votes on five different issues, including the presidency.

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney won the presidency in the JA BizTown vote, 25 to nine, over President Barack Obama. Twelve votes were also cast for the “other” option.

Grace Erwin, a sixth-grader from Avilla Elementary, was elected mayor by her class. Erwin led a town meeting to announce the results after a day of real world economic experience in JA BizTown. Erwin says voting is about honesty.

“It's really important because you have to give, like, your most honest vote and it's not about popularity. It's about who you think could really do the best job.”

Lena Yarian, president of Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana, says it is important for students to learn at a young age the value of participating in democracy.

"Here in BizTown, it's as effective for the kids to understand the power of their vote when not very many citizens vote because then they know, well as a citizen, 'I could've changed the whole outcome of that election.'"

After a day at BizTown, Erwin says she knows what it takes to succeed in the real world.

"That hard work really pays off," Erwin says.

The JA BizTown Ballot and Results:

What was the hardest part of your day at JA BizTown?
-Managing my checkbook 18
-Making decisions 11
-Managing my time 17

Which Presidential Candidate would you vote for?
-Mitt Romney 25
-Barack Obama 9
-Other 12

The Thing I will most remember about JA BizTown is:
-What I bought 7
-How much fun I had 28
-My Job 11

If you could have a pet in the White House, what would it be?
-Cat 3
-Dog 21
-White Tiger 22

Which of the following law do you think should be in effect in JA BizTown?
-Teachers do the ChaCha Slide 10
-Restaurant serves ice cream 17
-Animal shelter has live pets 19

If you were given $2 bonus in your paycheck would you:
-Spend it 17
-Deposit into savings account 23
-Invest it 6

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