Associated Student Body (ASB) election week will be held from May 23 to 27. New to this year, each student is allowed to vote for two of the three students running for ASB president. The runner-up will receive the position of ASB vice president.
All students who attended the mandatory lunch meetings, sent in an application and are interested in running for class president or ASB president have the opportunity to promote their candidacies throughout the school starting Monday morning of election week. Once student votes are counted that Friday after lunch, the results of the elections will be posted on the office door after school on May 27.
After these elections take place, ASB advisor Mercedes Foster, the newly elected ASB president and vice president will discuss goals for the ASB class and interview and appoint applicants to positions in the class. The positions they appoint include the class vice presidents, freshman representatives, treasurer, secretary, historian and those in charge of tech, publicity and community outreach.
Current ASB vice president senior Jenny Hosler said that she expects this year’s race for ASB president to be interesting due to the new two-vote policy and the number of students running.
“Usually people look for an ASB president who is a leader, has been in the class for a while and can speak well,” Hosler said. “They usually have strong ideas and work well with others.”
The overall goal of the elections and interviewing students for appointed positions, Foster said, is to create a dynamic ASB class.
Some applicants, when asked why they want to be in ASB, will admit that their incentive is wanting a nice addition to college applications. While she respects their honesty, such reasoning does not make her too eager to give them a position in the class. At the same time, she sees possibility behind every candidate.
“They are still figuring out what they are good at. So who am I to say that is not an okay reason to want to be in the class,” Foster said. “Once they’re in the class, then they get to really discover who they are in a leadership way.”
The class only accepts 18 to 20 students total, but approximately 30 to 50 students apply. One aspect they consider is whether the applicant can handle the added work load of being part of ASB.
“I have no idea what next year’s class will look like but I want people who want to make this school a more inclusive and pleasant place,” Foster said. “I want them to have a vision of this school being a special place that when people graduate, they feel good about their experience here.”