Elect a student

Letter to the Editor

Posted: Monday, September 30, 2002

Most high school students are too busy to worry about democracy. They spend their time winning soccer games, planning dances, studying chemistry, or trying to get into college. There are a few of us, though, whose responsibility it is to represent the student voice.

When I first became student body president at JDHS, I had a romantic view of the system - I wanted to work with my council, the teachers, the administrators and the School Board to make JDHS a positive place for all students. Unfortunately, I soon found out that our tools for representation were broken. Take the School Board: The student representative is elected in student council elections each year. They go to the board meetings, voice their opinions, but are not allowed to vote. The position carries no weight.

Until voting rights are granted to the student representative, something will always be missing from School Board decisions. A student vote may seem insignificant, but one student vote would represent over 1,500 voices. Electing students to the school board will ensure that these voices are heard. Show your children you want to listen to those voices. In the coming school board elections, please cast your vote for Carl Brodersen and Will Muldoon.

Michael James

JDHS Associated Student Body President

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