Student Government: Students at HHS Exercise Their Right to Vote Through SGA Elections

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Willie Lopez Morales , Social Media Manager

The Student Government Association at Holyoke High School North Campus is on their way to holding elections. SGA is a great opportunity for students to get involved in school activities and even earn scholarships for those who want to extend their education. Holding elections during remote learning will allow students to use their right to vote for the first time in order to elect officials for their class.

Students in 9th, 11th, or 12th grade will be able to run for office this year. The positions available for freshman and juniors include, President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Marshal, and Student Council. The senior class will be holding elections for President. Due to the effects of the pandemic to the academic school year this past spring, the class of 2023 was not able to experience a full year of service, therefore, they will not be holding elections until the next elections take place towards the end of the academic year. 

In past years, the Student Government at HHS has participated in many events including, serving tours for eighth grade visitors and hosting a hat, sock and mitten drive. SGA has also held food drives in the school. Each class participated in decorating their own section of the gym and competed to see which decorations would win at the Pep Rally. Student Government also helped in events during Memorial Day and volunteered in the local soldiers home. This school year they have made welcome videos for the incoming freshman, started tutoring and are working on promoting clubs that will be held virtually. 

Students who were interested in running were asked to contact Mr. Bechard. SGA strongly encourages students, especially freshmen, to run for office. It is one of the best ways to be involved in school events and make sure your voice, as well as everyone else’s, is heard. Student Government makes sure that the needs of the students are met through the change, abolishment, or addition of a rule or simply through listening to the ideas of the school’s students. Make sure you vote when ballots roll out!