Due to the unfortunate requirement of having to go online at the end of last school year, the student body elections had to wait until the first week of this year. Normally the elections are held at the end of the school year, so that on the first day of school officers are already chosen and ready to take on their new position. This year though, the inductions were a bit different.
Besides holding the elections at a later time, the speeches that are normally held in front of the student body in the gym, were instead live-streamed through Google Meet. The student body then watched each speech from their 1st period classrooms.
Sydney Kirschten ran for Secretary, Sophia Dulin for Vice President, and Zach Craig and Macy Varner were the candidates for President. The position of President went to Macy, but at the time there was not a person running for Treasurer, so Zach gladly took on the position. “I ran for president because I wanted to bring student representation to the school. Even as student body Treasurer, I still intend on doing this.” Zach added that he wanted to hold monthly polls to get opinions from the students so that the representatives in Student Council could make sure student thoughts and opinions are heard. He also stated that he would like to put more power in the hands of the student body, and let them have more say in decisions instead of letting the advisor make most of the decisions for meetings and events.
Sydney ran for office for several reasons, a minor one being that the position could assist her in scholarships for getting into medical school. Her main reason was to make sure that officers are active in the student body. She has been in situations where the student body reps weren’t very involved in school activities and she felt that the school year was not as exciting for students. She hopes for a lot of student participation and suggestions when planning events. “Sometimes students are uncomfortable talking to student body reps, so instead we can put up suggestion boxes where they can write out ideas for us to include. I would love to have more school pride and would like to reward the classes with the most spirit so that the students are encouraged to get involved.”
Sophia decided to run for the position of Vice President so that she could become more involved in school planning herself and provide a voice for all of the students at Baker High School. She would like to get more students involved in school pride to make a difference in our school. “School pride isn’t just about sports, it’s about everything from academics to clubs. All of these areas need to be recognized and we need to be proud of students in their accomplishments for any area of our school.”
Macy as well would like to include all student involvement when it comes to extracurriculars. She has already started working towards her goal of implementing “Student of the Month”. This will recognize a student from Lincoln, Longfellow, middle School, and high school each month. The four students will be voted on by the teachers of that school in honor of the students’ successes, dedication, helpfulness, and kindness. Macy hopes this will encourage students to strive to be the best they can be, both in and out of school, and to unify the student body. “I like being a leader, it gives me the opportunity and the ability to make a change for the better in our school. I want our students to be proud to be a Spartan.”