BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Voters were making their voices heard at an elementary school in Biloxi Tuesday. The voters were the students and the ballot only showed two candidates: pizza or hamburger.
The day has become a school tradition at Nativity BVM Elementary. Each year, while their parents are casting their ballots, the students at Nativity hold their own election.
Parent Susie Davis loved seeing the students get a taste of what it means to vote. She said this effort is led by the cub scouts each year.
"We really like to get them involved at an early age with the voting process," said Davis.
According to Davis, it's important to teach the students values and their rights as U.S. citizens. Part of teaching that process included the campaign. The students picked their candidate and worked hard to show their support.
"Each child got to make a poster of what their choice was and it's lined up in the hallways and it gets them involved," said Davis.
And each culinary party was led by a representative: Colin Cloud for the burger vote, and Drew Moore trying to beat the burger with the pizza vote.
"Get pizzas because they're better and easier to eat," said Moore.
He argued that the quality of pizzas are much better than burgers that you find at fast food restaurants. But Cloud quickly responded,
"They're fast food, but they're good for you," said Cloud in defense of the burger.
The burger party touted nutrition as its leading platform. One of the top benefits being protein.
"You get strong if you eat protein," said Cloud's little brother while sporting a "Vote Burger" sandwich board.
Cloud said the benefit of the protein is way better than the disadvantage that greasy pizza brings to the... table.
"Well it does have grease but it's got more meat and cheese," was Moore's retort.
According to Moore, the extra meat and cheese put his candidate above and beyond the burger camp. There was strong support from both sides. But, not everyone felt comfortable making a decision.
"It's not fair," said student Dakota Parker.
Parker and his friends came up with a third party candidate as a compromise.
"We made something up called the pizza burger," said Parker.
No word on if Parker was planning to write in his candidate of choice. Ultimately, the decision was simply in the hands of the students... I mean voters.
Once the votes were tabulated, pizza beat the buns off of its competition with 60 percent of the vote.