Nichols School students vote in mock presidential election

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — “I don’t really like either candidate,” said Teddy Hibbard, Nichols School 5th grader.

“Lots of lies on both sides,” said Lawton Zacher, Nichols School 7th grader.

“I trust Hillary more than I do Donald,” said Olivia McKnight, Nichols School 8th grader.

About 550 students at Nichols School got to voice their choice today in a school wide mock election.

“We talk a lot about it at school so it gives us a chance to actually write down who we’re voting for without people saying like why and stuff,” said Lily Margulis, Nichols School 8th grader.

In a new survey by Highlights (, of 2 thousand kids between ages 6 to 12, 80 percent of them said they talk about the election at home often or at least a little bit. That percentage increased with age, with about 83 percent of 9 to 12-year-olds discussing the election, 63 percent say they discuss it a little, and 20 percent say they discuss it most days.

“We used to talk about it like everyday but then my parents kind of got sick of it towards the end,” said Reilly Hamill, Nichols School 8th grader.

“We always debate about their past and whether it really matters, about their past. Like it obviously matters a little bit but I don’t think it should define if they should be president or not,” said Anabel Gicewicz, Nichols School 8th grader.

Most of these middle schoolers have a good idea of what kind of qualities they want our nation’s next president to have, and what issues they think should be tackled first.

“National safety definitely very important, the economy, the immigration problems, stuff like that,” said Joshua Stead-Dorval, Nichols School 8th grader.

“Our second amendment in our Constitution should be protected and we should secure the borders,” said Lawton Zacher.

“If you can’t control just a bunch of classified emails I don’t know if you can control the whole country,” said Addison Zachar, Nichols School 7th grader. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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