Student government to hold officer elections


photo by Bela Guise

Student government officers sell class t-shirts at the Aug. 4 Club Crawl. Elections for the upcoming school year will be held on Sept. 2 and 3.

After a year of virtual meetings and masked fundraisers, the Student Government Association began the class officer election process with an information meeting on Aug. 12, detailing the election timeline and eligibility requirements. Those who could not attend the Thursday meeting are still encouraged to participate and can collect necessary paperwork from Kari Miller in room 6-117.

The current election is only for class officer positions, which include class president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, historian, and senator. The election for Executive Board officers, who represent all of the classes, was held in May. 

“I chose to run for student government because I want to make sure that my voice is heard,” junior Eshan Kabir said, who is running for treasurer and senator. 

Students must turn in the Constitution and Intent to Run form, which they received at the meeting, by Aug. 19. In order to run, candidates must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA, a 90% attendance rate from the previous school year and a clean discipline record. Additionally, those running need three positive teacher recommendations. Students who fail to meet these requirements will be disqualified from the election. Campaigning will begin on Aug. 30 after all candidates are deemed eligible, and voting will take place through eCampus on Sept. 2 and 3. 

As school attempts to return to normal, the student government has started to plan annual events, such as the Powderpuff football game, homecoming and prom. Other events will also be planned, such as fundraisers and spirit nights. Class of 2023 sponsor William Dishman is determined to bring an exciting atmosphere back to the student body.

“This year will be a year like no other,” Dishman said. “We will be having a number of events to bring back fun and engaging activities associated with school.”

Because of the coronavirus Delta variant, hosting big events will be a challenge, as many of the common safety guidelines are controversial. Kabir feels that the safety of students at school events rests in the student government’s hands. 

“Student government has the power and therefore the responsibility to keep the school and students safe,” Kabir said.

Despite the difficult circumstances, Dishman believes that if the school community shows great support and makes an effort to be safe, the school year can proceed with the entertaining events that students previously longed for.

“Through increased support of each other, we can create a better tomorrow for all,” Dishman said.