Every year Granite Hills holds its annual election of student officers.
Most of us do not even know what the students elected will be expected to do. I find it extremely difficult to acknowledge this as a title or merely some pointless popularity contest.
Every year, there are students who run for the offices of class president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer for every grade level. Quite often it is the brightest students of the school that run for these offices. In a way it is the A-list students, the popular kids, the jocks, the typically well-known students around campus.
What strikes me as ridiculous is the fact that some of the students who win these offices have no idea what they are actually expected to do.
“I don’t know [what is expected], I just have the title!” said sophomore class president, Jed Hackett.
Seriously! Are you kidding me? What is the point of running for a student office if even the students that ran for an office do not know what they are doing?
The “campaigning” portion of the student elections is a very simple process for some, if not all of the students, who ran. The whole process consists of putting up posters, asking students for their votes, and sometimes handing out stickers or buttons.
There are no speeches and no information given to the student body about any of the students that run. For one entire school week, all anyone knew about those running were their names and nothing else.
To my surprise, senior class president, Madison Rice, actually knows some of what will be expected in the near future.
“I suggest ideas to the rest of the council, along with the other officers,” said Rice.
She does not know what all of her duties are, but it definitely gives me some hope about the students that were elected.Someday, most of us will vote at one point in our lives. It is important that our generation knows who they are voting for and what they stand for. Even if they are not given information about the candidates, they should seek out this important knowledge. It is critical for all of us to be informed citizens.
If the students were more informed about the candidates who are running for office, I am sure the elections would have turned out differently and not just some popularity contest.