by Isabel Barnet, staff writer
May 2016 (Volume 66, Issue 4)
The wrap up of the April 5th Wisconsin Primary not only marked the beginning of another phase of the presidential election process, but also the start of the Needham High School Student Council ballot for the 2016-2017 school year. Beginning at the end of March, freshman, sophomore, and junior student leaders vying for offices within their class’s governments began the campaigning process of submitting candidate statements, crafting speeches, and devising catchy slogans and appealing posters to gain the support and backing of their classmates. Elections for officer positions, which are the class president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer, as well as other special council slots, such as the state student council (GBRSAC) and SASC, took place before ballots were released for the class representative elections, as those who were not voted in as officers still had the opportunity to run for reps as an alternative.
Competition is, as a result, always considerably larger for the representative positions. However, this election cycle was reportedly one of the most cutthroat in recent years. “I believe that the competition for my grade this year was a little heavy,” says Katerina Maheras, long-standing sophomore class secretary. “There were two people running for president, and the candidate who did not win ran for representative, which meant there was a total of seven students running for three representative spots. For other grades, I would say the candidate load was largest in the presidential and representative areas.” Maheras, who ran uncontested for office, claimed that she felt “very confident” in herself and her campaign.
As we are in the middle of the 2016 presidential election, many high schoolers, mindful of the next president’s role in their immediate future, are disgruntled with their inability to vote and the frequent silencing of their political opinions. Therefore, they view the freedom to be civically involved within the school community as an important way to voice their opinions. Sophomore Jane Fanning says that the election process was important because “We do not want to have a bad prom or waste all of our class’s money.” She enjoyed having the opportunity to elect those she views as responsible to make decisions regarding the NHS economy.