Class-Officer Candidates Find New Ways to Campaign

Marian Steinmann, Staff Writer

Campaigning is an important part of every election, but it can be difficult to run for office when the candidates can’t interact with half of the voting population.

Though this school year will have fewer events for the class officers to plan, sophomore Cole Simpson still decided to run for class historian.

“I think that class officers are still necessary, mostly just to maintain a sense of normalcy,” Simpson said.

With the hybrid schedule in place, this year’s class-officer candidates had to take a creative approach to reach their voters, and this was their last week to gain support before the election.

Senior Alexa Harris decided to run for historian this year, and while only seeing half of the student population in person has made campaigning more difficult for her, she found a suitable alternative.

“So far, the process has really just been advertising through social media,” Harris said.

Campaigning began Monday, Sept. 14, and candidates across every grade level have been posting on Instagram and Snapchat to get their names out to the student body.

Harris said that social media is “a great way to get everyone to see that you are running.”

Junior Caroline Byron is running for co-president alongside junior Ben Jenkins, but the pair decided to go for a “casual” approach, straying from both in-person promotion and social media.

“We didn’t want huge publicity,” Byron said. “We haven’t actually campaigned at all.”

Unlike Byron and Jenkins, most of the candidates are promoting themselves in one way or another. Junior Jenae Wright decided to promote her campaign for the position of class secretary, and while she is using mostly social media as a campaign tool, she prefers connecting with voters in person.

“I feel that [social media campaigning] is less personal,” Wright said.

On the other hand, sophomore Caroline Marcus believes that advertising on social media has been beneficial to her campaign; she even prefers it to in-person promotion.

“I think it reaches more people online and more people pay attention to online stuff now, especially since we only go to school two days a week,” Marcus said.

Given the separation caused by the hybrid schedule, junior Evan Blind said that voting for class officers is a fun way to bring the school together.

“I think it’s a fun thing and a part of the whole high school experience,” Blind said.

Tiger Tally will be open for voting on Schoology Monday through Thursday of next week, and the results will be announced Friday. In the meantime, Marcus plans to continue campaigning the same way she has been.

“I’ll probably post a couple more things on social media and ask some of my friends to do the same,” she said. “I also try to support the other candidates so hopefully they’ll do the same for me.”