“We ran the voting through the history class, and the math department did a statistics project over voting trends. For the week of elections while we were doing campaigning, [the teacher] did random polls of students and who was predicted to win, just like the presidential elections,” Lee said. “After student candidates gave their campaign speeches, it really swayed the opinions of the student body and that proved to us that it wasn’t a popularity contest.”
The high school SGA is made up of 12 members, including Jostin Grimes, president; Elliot Fairbrass, vice president; KeShawn Harris, secretary; Haley Spires, treasurer; Irvin and Sarah Poole, senior representatives; Ben Scheff and Maya Mapp, junior representatives; Elizabeth Savage and Liam Fairbrass, sophomore representatives; and Patrick Lewis and Sarai Mapp, freshman representatives.
“In our first semester, the lunch prices were ridiculous here. SGA was called in to have a meeting with the lunchroom staff, and we gave them more cost-friendly options. The price is now reduced,” said Harris, who plans to major in broadcast journalism. He also explained how the student body felt the shortage of microwaves in the cafeteria was hindering their lunchtime, so SGA was able to convince the lunch committee to install another microwave.
Grimes said his main purpose of running for SGA was to promote school spirit and pride throughout the student body.
“I decided to run for SGA because we needed more school spirit, especially during spirit week, and overall change at the school,” he said as he strives to one day earn a bachelor’s in fine arts to pursue an acting career in musical theater. “I hope SGA gets bigger and people’s voices and opinions are heard by the school.”
The SGA members are in the midst of preparing an anti-bullying skit to perform at the Georgia Associations of Student Councils’ convention at Rock Eagle 4-H Center Feb. 22. They hope to fill the secretary school position on the state board.