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Chennai students turn out in large numbers for live relay of US election results

The event that began as early as 7 am was hopping all the way through to lunch time. A pop quiz on past president trivia was also organised with prizes to be won.

Published: 09th November 2016 12:48 PM  |   Last Updated: 09th November 2016 03:36 PM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: Close to 300 school and college students from across the city showed up for a live relay of the US election results on Wednesday. Apart from the palpable excitement of a neck to neck race, a good majority of these youngsters were allotted school projects on topics either around the election process or the outcome of the election and its consequences on India.

For instance, students from a 11th grade Commerce class focused on how India's economic state would be affected depending on the winning candidate. Meanwhile a large section of girls in the 9th grade was found engaged in animated discussion with a staff member of the US Consulate in Chennai on women's barriers in politics. "Based on our observations here, we actually have a Skype discussion scheduled with a school in Boston on gender equality in politics," said 14-year-old P V Raksha from CSI Bain Matriculation Hr Secondary School.

The event that began as early as 7 am was hopping all the way through to lunch time. A pop quiz on past president trivia was also organised with prizes to be won.

A mock voting booth, complete with computer touch screen and mandatory selfie corner with Hillary and Trump definitely added to the pulse in the room. "It feels like the end of Masterchef, except so much bigger," said an enthusiastic 16-year-old Samyuktha Sreekanth of Hari Shree Vidyalayam in the midst of all the chatter.

Did you follow the Indian elections too? "No," she looks down for a minute. But quickly perks up a minute later, "But I did watch all three US Presidential debates!"

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