Class officer campaigns began last week at Owensboro High School, and voting will be Wednesday, Sept. 12.
Monica Rice, College and Career Readiness Coach and the supervisor for elections at OHS said candidates were asked to create a one-minute campaign video to share on the school’s online newspaper “The Digital Devil” and OHS’ social media. Candidates were allowed to place posters around the school for the week leading up to elections.
Each class — freshman, sophomore, junior and senior — has four offices to fill with duties for each. All elected officers are required to lead a service project for their class and lead fundraisers for their class account (to be used for senior activities when the class reaches senior year).
Junior officers are also responsible for planning the Junior/Senior prom, attending organizational After Prom meetings, and choosing graduation announcements for their senior year.
Senior class officers are responsible for leading class reunions in the future, attending PSTO organizational After Graduation meetings, creating a “Remember When” storyline for the senior breakfast, and assisting the senior guidance counselor in planning and implementing senior activities.
“In the past, we have had some crazy things happen [during campaigning], but we actually put some rules in place to keep the class disturbances down. One rule now states, ‘DO NOT bring in, hand out, or buy for others any food, candy, drinks, handouts or giveaways of any sort, etc. as part of your campaign,’” Rice said.
OHS has had students ordering pizza and sub sandwiches, bringing in coolers of popsicles, designing and giving away t-shirts, and more.
“But we had to put a rule in place to stop it because it got out of control,” said Rice.