EDITORIAL: Students have rare opportunity to impact school decisions

With the upcoming student government elections, students have a rare opportunity to make their voices heard in a real way.

Students will soon be faced with a plethora of platforms, all offering different reasons to be elected, from the standard longer lunch to promises for a stellar Homecoming experience.

But that’s not all that students should be worrying about. A look back at the newspaper from the past year shows some of the biggest issues that student government is involved in, issues that by voting for student government, you have the opportunity to shape.

Student government helps out with everything from dances to the blood drives, and when you vote for student government, you are making a decision about how you want those events to be ran.

You want more dances? Elect a student government team that looks like they will be able to organize more dances and actually get people to come. You want a lot of people to sign up for next year’s blood drive? Elect a student government team that will do the best job of getting the word out about the importance of donating blood.

Contrary to popular belief, student government members can’t do anything about lunch length. At the end of the day, they don’t have that much power over your Homecoming experience either.

What they can do is listen to your input on what you think is important. They can work to come up with great ideas for dances and proms, and also be the type of people others want to work with. Elect someone who will not only work their hardest to make sure that things go well, but will also encourage others to work their hardest.

When it comes to meaningful student government decisions, juniors have one of the toughest decisions. As juniors choose their senior class government, it is important to keep in mind that the senior class president will speak at graduation.

What does that mean? It means that even though that student running for office might be involved in three different sports and seem really cool, if you don’t think that he/she could give a coherent speech at graduation that you would want to listen to, it’s probably not a good idea to vote for them.

Students don’t often have the opportunity to be directly involved with how the school is run, but when we do (such as during student government elections), it is important that we make the right choices.

Don’t waste a vote because someone promises to do something they have no control over. Vote because you think that the person is going to do the best job possible.