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Voting in Freshmen Elections Complicated by Trimester Scheduling

The newly elected Freshman class representatives.

The newly elected Freshman class representatives.

The newly elected Freshman class representatives.

The newly elected Freshman class representatives.

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As students began the 2018 – 2019 school year, the first two weeks marked the start of freshman campaigns and elections. An abundance of campaign posters, stickers, pens, and buttons appeared across campus as new students at Livermore High School met their classmates; However, the actual voting process became a bit complicated for students not enrolled in a Freshmen in Transition (FIT) class first trimester.

Many students did vote, but several students discussed the difficulty in finding the voting link unless instruction was given during a FIT class.

Anna Miller commented, “Only FIT classes were taught how to vote and there are freshmen not in FIT this trimester.” The general opinion seemed that unless students were in FIT, they would have to take the time to access the voting platform.

Student voters Gianna Ceccanti (9), Ethan Kwan (9), Avery Bingham (9), and Madison Silva (9) agreed that students needed more instruction on how to vote and perhaps more than one day.

The newly elected representatives include President Evan Nicolay (9), Vice President Brett Demo (9), Secretary Jenn Morrison (9), and Treasurer Anthony Garcia (9).

All four candidates attributed their election success to social media campaigning. Nicolay and Demo campaigned together and created a slogan for voters, “You won’t regret, vote Evan and Brett.”

Garcia shared, “The people I know from my old school voted for me.”

Anna Miller (9) campaigned for president with the use of posters, stickers, wristbands, and postcards.

Aemilia Concepcion (9), a secretary candidate, stated, “The campaigns were creative and intense.”

Nicolay, Demo, Morrison, and Garcia also cited their middle school leadership experience, their desire to meet new people, and ideas for creating a fun experience for freshmen as reasons why they decided to run for class office.

The four appointed freshman representatives, Anna Miller, Genevieve LaBarbera (9), Madison Foster (9), and Taryn Turner (9), hope to create more school spirit, especially at rallies.

Turner shared, “I told Ms. Reisdorf I was interested and then was interviewed to be a representative.” Miller ran for president but remained a leadership representative after Nicolay’s election. LaBarbera was recently appointed the video representative to work on media and Foster serves as the historian.

Shaelie Murphy (9) suggested; “Students should get to know candidates more before voting.”

Although the 2018 elections have become history at Livermore High, the eight elected and appointed freshman representatives will meet their voters and work towards creating a spirited, exciting year, and future, for their freshman classmates.

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