Election Week for the ASB 2013-14 school year took place last week, concluding on Friday with voting and announcement of the winners.
The main competition this year was between juniors Ciara Rudas and Sophie Harriman, who ran for ASB President.
Ciara has been in ASB every year since her freshman year. Her competitor, Sophie, has been a part of ASB since her sophomore year, due to the fact that she came from St. John the Baptist school and couldn't run at the end of her 8th grade year for a freshman position.
Competition for Senior President also was a popular topic among students, as there was a three-way competition between Logan Whalen, Jimmy Palacios, and McKenzie Soldin. Logan and McKenzie both have prior ASB experience, while Jimmy does not.
"I want to get more involved. I feel like I'd be fun and a good experience," Jimmy said.
While there were several positions with tense competition, many other candidates ran unopposed. These included Jayme Krohndfeldt (1st VP), Jazzy Jaime (2nd VP), Kyle Hefner (Senior Class VP), Stephanie Rand (Senior Class Secretary), and Haylee Jack (Sophomore President). The entire incoming junior class also ran unopposed, composed of Catherine Kricorian for President, Zaira Lopez for VP, and Jeirany Chavez for Secretary. The trio all had the same positions this year as sophomores.
The week of campaigning began on Monday when the candidates hung their posters before school. The candidates were allowed to hang no more than 10 posters and 50 flyers in designated areas.
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These aren't the only guidelines students must follow when running for office. In fact, the whole process of running for office began long before Monday.
There is a qualification process for students who want to either run for office or be appointed to another position through interviews.
"Everyone that’s interested comes to a meeting and is given a paper to go to the attendance office and the discipline office. They need the right grades and grade point average to run. You can’t have any discipline issues and there are teacher recommendations,” said Student Government advisor Ms. Scott, who oversees the election process.
On Thursday at tutorial, current 9th-11th graders gathered in the large gym to hear speeches from the candidates. Many candidates said they were nervous to give speeches in front of the large crowd.
"I want the week to be over," commented Logan Whalen.
Despite running unopposed, Zaira Lopez said, "It still freaks me out [to give my speech]."
While there's no doubt that every candidate wanted to win, the feelings between the competitors were overall friendly. Friends Summer Nguyen and Sylvia Catania ran against another for Sophomore Secretary. While this situation might cause tension between two friends, the two were comfortable with it.
"If I lose, I would want to lose to Sylvia," said Summer.
After the current freshman gave their speeches, it was clear that time would run out before they could get through everyone. It was decided that the incoming junior class officers would not give speeches because they had no competition. All Incoming senior class officers gave their speeches, but by the time they were done, tutorial was over and it was decided that the candidates for ASB President would give their speeches via intercom during Friday morning's announcements. 1st VP and 2nd VP were also excused from giving speeches because they ran unopposed.
Voting began at nutrition on Friday. Several factors influenced the decisions students made on who they will cast their vote for.
Many try to get to know the personality of the candidates when making their decisions.
"[I vote for] who I think will be the most hard working and dedicated," said freshman Mary Taylor.
Freshman Brittney Chatham said,"how they treat others" is how she chooses who she votes for.
Sophomores Janet Acevedo and Viviana Rodriguez Campos, as well as junior Lourdes Mendez agreed that a candidate's speech is a major factor in deciding.
There have been several complaints in the past that ASB elections are merely popularity contests, and that the people with the most friends are the ones who win. Some people agree with this claim, but others think otherwise.
One student said, “I’ll vote for my friend," while another replied, “I don’t vote for people just because they’re my friends. I vote for the person that I trust more."
Ms. Scott is hopeful. "I hope that you can really listen to the speeches and set aside popularity and set aside your friends. I think our two candidates for ASB President, Sophie and Ciara, who have been members of our class for so long, have a good foundation and will do a good job in leading this school forward.”
After what seemed like a long week for the candidates, the winners were announced via the CMHS ASB Facebook page on Friday after school and are pictured below.