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February 11, 2013

GMC students find their voice through student government

MILLEDGEVILLE — Members of Georgia Military College Prep School’s student body wanted to find a better avenue of voicing their opinions and concerns to administrators in search of proactive solutions. As a result, a Student Advisory Council was formed by members of the senior class, but they soon realized voices of underclassmen also needed an outlet.

“After the focus group formed, [Principal Col. John Thornton] came to us and said he would like to have a student-elected Student Government Association (SGA). Rather than have 500 students sharing their opinions and concerns to administrators, students can talk to SGA representatives,” said Maj. Amy Lee, SGA advisor along with Maj. Anne Mason. “SGA promotes positive learning in the school and interactions between students and the administration and find out what’s going to benefit students.”

The mission of GMC Prep SGA is to serve as a liaison to faculty and staff and support, serve and encourage the student body.

“The Student Advisory Council was really a way to allow faculty to connect with the student body and learn how some things could be changed at the school for the better,” said SGA senior representative Kris Irvin, who will attend North Georgia College & State University on a four-year ROTC scholarship. “I hope there’s more school pride by having the SGA in the school. I feel like the new GMC president will utilize the SGA. From the [candidates] we’ve spoken to thus far, they seem very proactive rather than reactive.”

In August, 18 students campaigned for office via campaign posters, flyers and 20-second commercials before elections were held in September. Student candidates completed an application form, wrote an essay describing why they should run for office and traits they possess that would benefit the organization. Each candidate also delivered a campaign speech to the student body during an assembly explaining his or her philosophy on the role of SGA at the school. Students then voted for candidates they saw were best-fit.

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