Debates give first-time Huntsville voters food for thought

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Grissom High School students in AP Government with teacher Suzanne Bailey came to the Regal Cinemas Hollywood 18 on Wednesday to watch the final 2016 Presidential Debate. Many of them have a big decision ahead: their first vote in a U.S. election.

"It's a very special moment in a young person's life," commented student Jaylin King.

Andrea Searcy said, “It’s a part of America and its history.”

These students are taking their job seriously, and that's why they came to watch the debate with their class. For Searcy, the candidates have a lot more work to do in the coming weeks to help her make up her mind.

"I feel like my views are very split between each of the candidates," she said post-debate.

For Jennafer Zimmerman, the debate only solidified her choices.

"I walked in there pretty much sure of who I was going to vote for and I don't think that's going to change," she said.

Each of the students remarked about the campaign so far, and how the race has become as candidates bicker.

"This is one unique race," said King. "I'm very concerned, because they interrupt each other a lot." He said he wasn't surprised the last debate was any different.

"With these two candidates, it's kind of what you would expect to happen," said Zimmerman.

Bailey said she brought the students to watch because she wants them to stay this engaged.

"I'm training them to be political scientists so to have a clinical approach and understand why both sides feel the way they do," Bailey explained. "I hope they get a love for the game. I teach it as a power game, right? So, this is a game that influences their lives whether they pay attention, or not."

Students say that's why they'll take those lessons they're learning, to the polls.

"In class, I'm learning about policies and the things the candidates are talking about," said Searcy.