SEATTLE, Dec. 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- As the host of the largest online collection of school yearbooks, Seattle-based social networking site Classmates (www.classmates.com) today launched a new series that celebrates the similarities of politics and high school.
Aptly named "Politics is Just Like High School," the series kicked off with a poll of which candidate Classmates members would vote for president based on their high school photo alone. The results placed Donald Trump in the lead at 32 percent, followed by Hillary Clinton at 23 percent and Marco Rubio with eight percent of the votes. Over the next year, the Politics is Just Like High School series will follow developments of the 2016 election season and the inevitable candidate rivalries that evoke the spirit of high school drama.
"Anyone observing the political theater these days can easily be reminded of high school," said Abani Heller, CEO of Classmates. "High school years play a significant role in shaping who we become in adulthood, which is why our millions of members are connecting online with their school peers. Our current presidential candidates are no exception, and there are certainly interesting parallels to be made between who they are now and who they were in high school."
Classmates is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2015, and through two decades of experience growing its social network and online collection of yearbooks, the company is focused on providing meaningful ways for members to connect and share high school memories. Classmates represents more than 70 million members and 130 years of high school history, including many yearbooks from America's celebrity sweethearts and politicians. With more than 300,000 yearbooks available online, Classmates has access to a nearly endless supply of memories and anecdotes. In fact, among seven of the current presidential candidates whose high school yearbooks are available on Classmates, some interesting tidbits include:
- The Ladies' Man: Hailing from the 1964 graduating class of New York Military Academy in Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York, Republican candidate Donald Trump was voted "Ladies' Man" by his graduating class in his high school yearbook's "popularity poll." Trump was also a member of his high school's varsity baseball, football and soccer teams.
- The Over Achiever: At Maine South High School in Park Ridge, Illinois, a young Hillary Clinton was very active in school as her class vice president and member of class council, class newspaper, National Honor Society, Speech and Debate, and Pep Club. Clinton also participated in her school's spring musical and variety show.
- Most Spirited: Recognized in his high school yearbook as a "true leader," Republican candidate Mike Huckabee was involved in leadership at Hope High School in Hope, Arkansas. Huckabee was voted student council president and Governor of Boys State, and was heavily involved in broadcasting for the radio station KXAR.
- The Intellectual: To most, CO2 (g) + C(s) 2CO may just seem like gibberish. But to Republican candidate Rick ("Rooster") Santorum and others who were part of the Bio-Science club at Butler High School in Butler, Pennsylvania – it could mean any number of things. In high school, Santorum was also a member of Butler Golden Tornado's color guard and involved in the Junior Achievement program.
- The Runner: Representing James Madison High School, Democratic candidate Bernard "Bernie" Sanders was captain of his school's track and cross country teams.
- Speed Swimmer: Republican candidate Randal "Rand" Paul was an honor graduate of Brazoswood High School in Clute, Texas. He was also an avid athlete – swimming the butterfly on behalf of his school team.
- Class President: As class president at Livingston High School in Livingston, New Jersey, Republican candidate Chris Christie wrote encouraging words to his fellow graduates in his senior yearbook. He reflected on the spirit of the 1980 graduating class and wrote that he hoped his schoolmates may "call on all the great memories" of their time together. Christie also played catcher for his high school's varsity baseball team.
More stories on political candidates and other celebrities from Classmates' online collection of high school yearbooks can be found at www.classmates.com/blog.
Founded in 1995 and headquartered in Seattle, Washington, Classmates operates the leading online social network service in the United States for bringing high school alumni together. Classmates serves over 70 million members and enables its users to find and reconnect with high school friends. In addition to facilitating connections with high school friends, Classmates also features the largest library of digitized yearbooks available anywhere on the Internet, with over 300,000 yearbooks available online to help members reconnect, reminisce, engage, and plan reunions with alumni.
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