ST. MARTIN, MS (WLOX) - Many future voters are expressing shock over the outcome of Tuesday's presidential election. Some Jackson County students have strong opinions about our nation's newly-elected leader.
They watched intently as Hillary Clinton delivered her concession speech Wednesday morning. It was much like Tuesday night, when many students stayed up until midnight. Their eyes were riveted on the presidential election results.
"I was really surprised and I was on my toes the whole entire time," said St. Martin High Senior Linda Little.
"It was very nerve-wracking and shocking," said St. Martin High Senior Ethan Staten.
The Government students at St. Martin High School spent class time, breaking down the state-by-state votes. Many seemed stunned that Donald Trump pulled out ahead.
"Honestly, I was a little disappointed. He really isn't a politician, and I didn't really expect America to let someone who doesn't have any experience be in charge," said St. Martin High Senior Madisyn Ferrer.
"I was shocked that he did win the election, but I am happy that he did," said Ethan. "I believe our country needs a big change. I believe Trump embodies that change for the people."
The policies the students are interested in are education, taxes, immigration, Obamacare, and future legislation.
"I think he's going to divide the nation a lot. I think we're going to see a lot of backwards movement," said Madisyn.
Whatever direction our nation takes over the next four years, the students will be watching.
"I hope that Trump can deliver on his promises for his policies and that he really does help to make America great again," said Ethan.
"Only the people can make America great again. So we'll see how America reacts to it," said Linda.
Most of the students are not old enough to vote, but many said this election has energized them and they look forward to the day when they can cast their ballots.