Partisan pundits, statisticians and journalists are not the only ones who can see the future when it comes to America’s elections. There are a few prescient pupils in Sussex County who might well have futures as political prognosticators.
During its meeting today, the Sussex County Council announced the 2012 winners of the Election Year Scholarship Contest, recognizing six children – one grand prize recipient and five runners-up.
The winner and five runners-up are:
Winner Paige Shockley, 12, a sixth-grader at the Sussex Academy of Arts & Sciences in Georgetown. Paige correctly picked all 23 races, the only entrant to have a perfect score;
First runner-up Bo Shockley, 18, a senior at Sussex Central High School and the brother of the grand-prize winner. Bo correctly predicted 22 of 23 races, with a tie-breaking prediction of 55,500 votes from Sussex County for the gubernatorial race winner;
Second runner-up Alexandra Coverdale, 17, a senior Cape Henlopen High School. Alexandra correctly predicted 22 of 23 races, with a tie-breaking prediction of 37,573 votes;
Third runner-up Preston Hitchens, 11, a sixth-grader at Laurel Middle School. Preston correctly predicted 21 of 23 races, with a tie-breaking prediction of 50,000 votes;
Fourth runner-up Emily Lingo, 12, a seventh-grader at Beacon Middle School. Emily also correctly predicted 21 of 23 races, with a tie-breaking prediction of 57,000 votes;
Fifth runner-up Ryan Swingle, 15, a sophomore at Sussex Technical High School. Ryan also correctly predicted 21 of 23 races, with a tie-breaking prediction of 72,000 votes to capture the last prize.
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