How does JSA manage changing leadership through elections?

April 23, 2013

By Salma Mahmoud

It’s that time of year again. Ah, spring: the season in which seniors decide where to spend the next four years of their lives, while juniors and underclassmen scramble, asking questions like, “What classes should I take next year?” or “What colleges should I apply to?”

This can only mean one thing for the myriad high school clubs stimulating the social scene at Skyline High School — election season. One club that has blossomed considerably over the years is the Junior State of America, or JSA for short. Though its large growth at Skyline is impressive, it makes elections difficult due to the cutthroat level of competition that shows up conspicuously at this time. Though no talk of elections has been explicitly brought up by the executive cabinet, various contenders have already risen to the plate and advertised their qualifications for leading the chapter next year.

Salma Mahmoud Skyline High School

Salma Mahmoud
Skyline High School

Should club elections be taken so seriously? After all, it is just one chapter of one high school, right? Though I personally admire the courage and enthusiasm of those willing to dedicate their leadership skills to the club, I don’t think elections deserve the amount of “hype” and hysteria they are currently receiving, even for a large club like Skyline JSA.

To manage the many candidates running for the four elected positions, Skyline JSA allocates one meeting to speeches. After new leaders are elected, several qualified contenders are left disappointed. In an effort to avoid this subsequent bitterness, the current executive cabinet decided to vest more power into appointed positions with the expansion of the appointed cabinet. This allows for more chapter members to become involved without necessarily partaking in the ruthless ordeal that is a large club election.


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