In the fall of 2016, all across the United States, people were casting their votes and deciding which candidate they thought would be best suited for the presidency. With students becoming more involved in politics and some being old enough to vote themselves, several students participated in political movements and matters through public displays.
On Inauguration Day, Jan. 20th, Colt Engemann (11) partnered with Jared Gloe (11) to fly a Trump flag through the school parking lot, with the flag being attached to the back of Engemann’s truck. The sight was shared on the Hermann Advertiser Courier’s Facebook page.
“I thought it would be a good way to show my pride for my country. It was Inauguration Day and I thought what better way to celebrate the election than to showcase Trump’s flag?” Engemann stated.
“I thought it was really cool how the school was supportive of him [Engemann] doing it,” Gloe said. “It was his rights and they allowed him to go out and do it.”
While one political party was represented at school the day before, Olivia Pohlman (12) and Jillian Kolbe (12) took part in the Women’s March on Jan. 21st in St. Louis. According to the Women’s March website, the march was organized in order to stand in alliance with others around the world to protect the rights and safety of people everywhere.
Kolbe weighed in on the situation. “It was empowering, definitely. Before we got there I didn’t realize it would make me feel like I was a part of something. I got goosebumps because I was cold and also really excited. It was a day where my mind felt liberated.”
Pohlman reflected on her experience. “It was really cool to be around people with the same beliefs. It was all really positive. It wasn’t like what people would think- like all of us standing there bashing guys, it was all very positive. It was very cool.”