Juniors and Seniors in Mr. Harhai’s AP Gov & Politics class gathered Wednesday night at the Kirwan Heights Fire Department to watch the final debate of the 2016 U.S. Presidential election between Republican Donald Trump, and Democrat Hillary Clinton.
“I thought it was a lot of fun, hanging with everyone watching something so historic,” said junior Jake Kundra. “I felt despite some people holding different views on each of the candidates, it was a fun, civil time and I think we all learned something from the candidates.”
“I think it was cool,” said junior Jack Self. “I like Trump, and so I think he won.”
Students gathered at the Fire Hall at 8:30, half an hour before the start. Students coming in caught a little bit of game four of the NLCS between the Chicago Cubs, and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The debate finally start just after nine, and students got comfortable with snacks, a drink, and pizza. Most stayed silent when each candidate talked, although there was the occasional cheer, laugh, or conversation that started as some students debated amongst themselves.
Not only that, but a writer from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review arrived, documenting our event and even interviewed some of the students in attendance; he also said his article would appear in the signal item.
Overall, the watch party was a success. Afterwards, the majority of students I talked to said they thought Trump had won, while a few said Hillary. But, in the end, that decision is up to each individual voter.