Student Goverment: 36 Students Speak for their class

Nikki Finkenthal

“I would require everyone to wear the pants that Rex wears in ‘Napoleon Dynamite.’” -Ben Tiemann, Senior President
 
“I think there should be an official senior skip day.” -Allie Lawton, Senior Vice President
 
All photos: Emily Stuursma/The Explorer
Last month the students of Hudson High School began their campaigns, competing for a position in next year’s Student Government. Posters were posted by candidates with clever slogans and pictures, giving the student body a glimpse of who was competing for a position in Student Government. 
     After elections from April 24-27, representing their class are Presidents Ben Tiemann ’13, Peyton Brown ’14 and Julia Chauvin ’15. Vice presidents for next year are: Allie Lawton ’13, Sujude Dalieh ’14 and Maddie Ricard ’15.          
     But whether basing ones vote on interesting posters or just an arbitrary decision, does the student body truly understand the role Student Government plays in our school?
     Dina Podnar, president of Student Government, explained the duties representatives have, saying, “First and foremost to attend and participate in meetings, secondly head committees and plan dances, pep assemblies, charities and other student government functions. Finally, and most importantly, be a spokesperson on behalf of your class.”
     Anyone can run for a position in Student Government as well as students from the incoming freshmen class. 
     “There’s no freshman president because the middle school holds their election independently; Once the freshman enter the high school, the ten representatives elect a freshman speaker,” states Podnar on the difference between the freshman class.
     The future sophomores and juniors running for president or vice-president record televised speeches that are presented to their grade. Everyone running has to fill out a question forum, resume and teacher recommendations. This year there was an average of 17 students running for a spot in each class.
     Competing for a position as a senior class president or vice-president is a bit more challenging. These students are involved in a town hall debate, as each candidate gives a speech the audience, which then has the chance to ask questions that the candidate must respond to. If no one in the audience has questions, it’s the role of current Student Government officers to question them. The winners of the town hall debate will then speak on behalf of the seniors.
     Once the voting concludes and the newest members of student government are in session, they then decide who will fill the positions of President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. These four individuals epitomize student government as a whole.
    “The Student Government President leads all of Student Government. A class president represents their class,” says Podnar on the difference between presidencies at the levels of class or of Student Government.
     Once the new school year comes around, meetings begin immediately. Student Government meets every Tuesday during sixth period. In addition each committee of the season hold individual meetings. Class officers meet the first Friday of every month.
     “In meetings we discuss issues around the school and form committees,” states Sujude Dalieh, Vice-President of the sophomore class. 

     If any issue is brought to the attention of a member they have the ability to announce the idea or concern during a Tuesday meeting. Once the issue is discussed, a course of action is created, and members of Student Government volunteer to help in carrying out this plan. After a time, these members may decide   to address higher authority figures, such as one of the four Unit Principals. Not only do the students involved have a say in what goes on around Hudson High, the student body has the ability to to voice any concerns or ideas themselves. Student Government’s daily Tuesday meetings are open to the student body. 

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