Election Frequently Asked Questions
What are the positions I can run for?
Ninth grade students may for class president, vice-president, and secretary of their class. Ninth grade elections take place during the fall semester of the current school year.
Rising sophomores and juniors can run for president, vice president, and secretary of their class, will act as leaders of their classes and focus on the specific needs and wants of their class; they can also run for vice president and secretary of SGA as a whole. These individuals are tasked with representing the needs of the entire student body, not just their individual classes.
Rising seniors can run for president, vice president, and secretary of their class and will act as leaders of their classes and focus on the specific needs and wants of their class; they can also run for president, vice president, and secretary of SGA as a whole. These individuals are tasked with representing the needs of the entire student body, not just their individual classes.
Do I need to select which office I want to run for before I put my application in?
I have a lot of other important things, is it okay if I only come to some of the meetings?
SGA is a time and energy commitment. If you are not able to make the required meetings you should seriously reconsider running. We can always find meaningful ways for you to be involved without holding an office.
Do I have to make a speech in front of people?
Ninth graders will be expected to give a speech in the auditorium before their classmates. Speeches must be approved by Mr. Childers prior to the election.
No. You can post a video, a document with your platform ideas, or images on Haiku. See Mr. Childers for details. However, being able to speak in front of groups is a skill you should work on developing. Participation in SGA will help give you the confidence you need to strengthen those skills.
What positions haven't people applied for yet?
We anticipate getting applications for each office. You should apply for the position that would best fit your skills and qualifications.
On the application, it asks for endorsements from different sectors of my life. Can both endorsements be teachers, if one is acting as a coach instead?
I want to make some campaign posters but I don't have paper and markers.
Come to Mr. Childers to arrange a time for you to make some posters.
I've never campaigned before; I don't know what to do.
A great place to campaign is before, after school, and during lunch in the cafeteria. Ask people for their vote; introduce yourself. You would be surprised how many people will give you their vote if you ask and explain why being elected is important to you.
Can I campaign during class?
What if I lose?
This will be tough at first, but you will recover! SGA always welcomes students with a can-do attitude and great ideas. You might not be an elected official, but we would never turn willing students away.