What it’s like to be a teen covering the presidential election

Mikayla Kelz is 16 and won’t be eligible to vote in the presidential election next November. But on Feb. 1, she was in Iowa reporting on the state’s first-in-the-nation caucus.

“I was speechless,” Mikayla said of the opportunity to cover a Ted Cruz rally – her first stop after touching down in the Hawkeye State.

Mikayla, a high school junior, is one of 12 teens selected to cover six major presidential election events this year in a new program launched by Envision, a nonpartisan organization that introduces kids to politics and other real world experiences. In the “Chase the Race” program, teens are treated like professional journalists with a TV crew and the works. The student reporters are there to get answers on behalf of their generation – and experience a pivotal moment in political history outside their history classes.