Blue Jays Prepare to Elect Student Council Leadership for 2014-2015 School Year
A Wednesday election may determine the leadership of the school’s student council. If necessary, a run-off election will be held on Thursday, with the election’s full results available Friday.
In preparation for voting day, underclassmen spent Tuesday morning listening to Student Council Executive Board (E-Board) candidate speeches in the Jesuit Auditorium. Candidates were required to limit their speeches to less than two minutes. The E-Board hopefuls submitted their rough drafts for speeches nearly two weeks ago and spent last week rehearsing. At the rehearsals they were given feedback and suggestions by several faculty and staff members.
While former members of the executive board look back on their time on the board with fond memories, it’s not all fun and games. Students applying for candidacy must face rigorous criteria and complete an exacting process. Potential candidates must:
- have a minimum GPA of 2.7
- maintain good conduct — having no suspensions in the past two years and no Saturday Penance Halls in the year they are applying for candidacy
- obtain the signatures of two current Jesuit faculty members who verifying the candidate is in good standing with Jesuit High School
- obtain the signature of a parent/legal guardian verifying they are aware of the candidacy and the commitments required of elected officers
- attend a mandatory campaign workshop
- attend an officer training before the end of the school year
- attend a summer Jesuit Student Council Workshop during the summer
The Student Council is composed of representatives from all grade levels. Its purposes are:
- To serve as a unifying agency in support of all school activities
- To foster in the students the ideals of Jesuit High School and to inspire the highest type of school spirit
- To provide a means of creating better fellowship and understanding between faculty and students and among the students themselves
- To provide a greater opportunity for self-government and experience in democratic practices by affording a realistic representation of the views of the student body
- To develop in its members the ideals and practice of Christian leadership
The student council is moderated by Mr. Chris Bowes’02 and Mr. Scott Delatte ’06.