Oak Harbor students take on election coverage

They may not claim to be the “best political team on television,” but as Oak Harbor High School students present live election night coverage Tuesday night, they might lay claim to the youngest.

Students from Jim Crouch’s American government class are teaming up with Wildcat TV again to provide national, state and local coverage of election results Tuesday night, competing with the likes of CNN, CBS and NBC. Yet Wildcat TV can offer something the big networks can’t: live coverage of Island County and local elections.

There will be a phone number and email address for viewers to call with their comments and questions. Students will read the comments on air and the student panel will discuss the issues brought up. Coverage runs from 7:30 to 10 p.m. The public can join in by calling 279-5808 after 7:30 p.m. or sending an email to wildcat Wildcat TV can be seen throughout Whidbey on Comcast Channel 21.

Like the major networks, students will provide live updates showing election results, starting with national numbers out east and moving through to the western states, finishing up with Washington statewide voting and Whidbey Island local results. The students will report on election results and their impacts. In class, students voted on the top five issues that were important to them, including jobs and economy, education and more. Students will report on how the candidates will directly impact the nation, the state and the community, as well as the impact of the referendums/initiatives.

“I was looking for a way to get my students to understand the significance of this election and the impact on them,” American government teacher Jim Crouch said in a press release.

“The last time we did this was four years ago,” said video production teacher Chris Douthitt in a press release. “This time we’re introducing some new technology for the students to use and thanks to the Oak Harbor community we now have a real TV studio to work in. This broadcast is a way to give back to the voters and pay it forward to the students at the same time.”

The show will also stream live over the Internet. Viewers can go to and link to Oak Harbor High School to tune in.


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