Trinity Junior High and High School students and staff participated in a mock election, Friday. The results are in, and the Republican Party took the largest share of votes.
President Donald Trump won an overwhelming 90% of their votes.
Rep. Kelly Armstrong won 94% of the vote for U.S. House of Representatives. For state treasurer, Thomas Beadle won with 83% of the vote. Current Governor Doug Burgum won with 87% of the vote.
The majority of students and their teachers veered away from the incumbent Kirsten Baesler and instead threw support behind her opponent, Brandt Dick, who won 52% of their votes.
For Stark County Commission District 1, they chose Bernie Marsh for commissioner by an large majority, giving him 69% of their votes.
Neal Messer defeated Leslie Ross for district 5 by earning 76% of the vote.
Most Trinity voters voted against Measure 1 and in favor of Measure 2.
Before school and during lunch, Trinity students voted on paper ballots in the school's commons area, which was turned into a makeshift polling place. Just over 56% of the school's students and staff members voted in the school's annual mock election.
"We decided to do paper ballots because that's what North Dakota does for voting. We're trying to emulate the process as much as possible of what they would experience ... when they do get to vote," said Amy Grinsteinner, chair of the school's social studies department.
Similarly to the real general election, the students voted for the country's president, North Dakota's U.S. House of Representatives seat, governor, state treasurer, superintendent of public instruction and Stark County commissioners as well as Measures 1 and 2.
"We wanted to pick races that we thought our students would be somewhat familiar with so they weren't just drawing names out of a hat and the results had some meaning to it, but we did want them to realize it's not just ... about the presidential race," Grinsteinner said. "There's a lot of things at the state and local level that we're voting on that directly impact our lives as well."
Students' names are not on the ballot, but their grade levels are for the purposes of statistics.
Trinity has held mock elections for years, since at least 2004.
It's a cross-curricular project between the math and social studies departments.
"It's fun because a lot of kids are in both the math classes that are doing this and the government classes, so they're doing the work on both sides for the same project, but in different classes," Grinsteinner said.
"The math department created the ballot and they're going to do all of the tabulating and results analysis and all of that stuff," Grinsteinner said. "In the senior government class, they're the ones that are the poll workers, they're running the polls, they're making sure that the election goes smoothly."
Also in the senior government class, since a lot of the students are old enough to vote, they're being prepared for the process.
"We close the polls at lunch because the students that do this have their math class in the afternoon, so we're hoping we'll have them (the results) by the end of the day on Friday," Grinsteinner said. "If not, we'll publish them on Monday so that we'll know our results heading into the actual election so we can compare. We wanted the students also to have the experience beforehand so they know what it feels like to have gone and voted while we're watching everything unfold next Tuesday."
In Trinity's 2016 mock election, 53% of its 7-12 students and teachers voted, with 93 percent voting for Donald Trump (R), 4 percent voting for Hillary Clinton (D) and 3 percent voting for Gary Johnson (L).