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DeVon Thompson

Berkshire SchoolClass of 2022Agawam, Massachusetts



  • "A Crab in the Ocean: Voting Red in a Blue State" with mentor Nora (Working project)

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A Crab in the Ocean: Voting Red in a Blue State

Started Mar. 11, 2021

Abstract or project description

DeVon will research and write a long essay about voting trends in the working class town of Agawam, Massachusetts. He will convene focus groups/conversation groups from both political parties and from a range of socio-economic backgrounds. Together, he and the attendees will do a "deep dive" into their thoughts on issues relating to voting and values to try and answer the question of what it means to vote and why people sometimes vote against their own self-interest (if they even realize they are doing so). He will also talk to people less formally throughout the summer to get answers to a smaller set of questions about voting and values. In the end, he hopes to share his findings with the members of his small town and beyond so we can all better understand what voting means and why we vote the way we do.