Budding politicians at Rydal Penrhos found out their fate as results of the school’s Mock General Election were announced.
The Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat, Scottish National and Plaid Cymru parties gathered at St John’s Church on Thursday, June 8 to find out which campaign had been successful through a strenuous campaigning process stretching over a number of weeks.
Head of Sixth Form Pete Lavery revealed that the Labour Party led by Benjamin Gibson had emerged victorious with 68 votes, narrowly beating out Olivia Rogerson’s Conservative Party who finished second on 44.
The outstanding campaign of Plaid Cymru masterminded by Llywelyn Cowell earned them third spot with a total of 26 votes, with Head Girl Olivia Williams’ Liberal Democrats fourth with 21 ballots in total.
Rounding off the list was the Matthew Trumper-led Scottish National Party, who finished in fifth with 20 votes.
Mr Lavery, who had the privilege of revealing the results to the whole school, stated that 187 votes had been cast, which was a 75 per cent turnout.
Eight ballots were rejected, which included two filled in by staff members!
Following the announcement, Lower Sixth pupil Ben delivered his acceptance speech, where he thanked the other candidates for their efforts and Mr Lavery for his “untold enthusiasm” towards the project.
Ballots were finally cast on Wednesday, June 7 after a fierce few weeks of campaigning, which saw everything from social media accounts, posters, a live debate and a soapbox session included in the process.
Deputy Head Tim Cashell, said: “This was something that really gripped every pupil and staff member at Rydal Penrhos, which was down to the commitment from each party to get their message across.
“Congratulations go to the Labour Party and Ben Gibson on their victory, but also to all other campaigners for bringing politics to the forefront of the school at a very significant time.”