By: Miranda Rester
For the first time in a number of years, the Warriors had a competitive, head-to-head election day. Since competitors weren’t allowed to campaign with posters or speeches, the student body resorted to social media to earn votes. “We haven’t had an intense election since 2011,” Morgan Guess, junior, said. “It’s easier to get the student body interested in the elections when they feel like they can actively participate.”
After days of “Vote for me!” tweets, most of the student body officers for the 2013-2014 school year have been elected: Vice President – John Carter Sanner, up-coming senior; Reporter - Taylor Parsons, up-coming junior; Secretary – Olivia Kent, up-coming senior; Treasurer- Andrew Glaze, up-coming senior; and Elections Commissioner – Ashley Bryant, up-coming senior.
Hannah Drake, up-coming senior, was originally elected for Student Body President, but due to complications with the ballots, the student body will revote for President on May 14. Obstacles occurred when some teachers didn’t receive or distribute ballots, and Field Bennett’s name was mistyped as “Fred Bennett.”
Bennett, fellow up-coming senior, is the only other student who ran for the position of Student Body President. Although an announcement was made to clarify that the name on the ballot should be changed to “Field,” this typo created confusion among many students, which may or may not have affected the outcome of the votes. “I definitely understand why there needs to be revote; I just would have preferred that we had sorted this all out before the first vote,” Drake said.
Drake and Bennett will still not be allowed to make speeches or hang campaign posters around the school, so students suspect that social networking sites will remain an election hub until May 14. “No matter how the revote comes out, I think the student body will be in good hands,” Bennett said.