Club councils differ in election process


As the school year comes to a close, the club election season arrives. The 24 clubs at CHS elect their council members in at least three different ways.

The Student Government Association encourages the entire school to vote for the candidates while all other clubs, from National Honor Society and Cultural Communications Club open their elections to members of the club.

Junior Mary Lykes of Howell will be the vice president of the CCC for the 2017-2018 school year.

“We actually renovated elections this year by setting up four stations monitored by four different teachers to distribute and collect ballots to club members. This way we keep better track of who has already voted and if they are really part of the club or not,” Lykes said.

Lykes said the new election procedure was implemented to keep the elections as fair as they can be.

CCC member Leah Kazenmayer of Wall likes the way the club executes its elections. She said that since every candidate has to make a speech in front of the club, it gives everyone a fair chance to be elected.

“Newer members have a shot to get on council, like Sebrina Gao or Sydney Karlin,” Kazenmayer said.

The Inkblot takes a different approach when it comes to appointing its new council. Hopeful editors turn in an application which explains which jobs they would like and why they deserve them. Editor-in-Chief applicants have to fill out the same form as well as have a meeting with the current Editors-in-Chief, Managing Editor and the club’s advisor and journalism teacher Andi Mulshine.

Once the new Editors-in-Chief and Managing Editor are chosen, they choose the next year’s edit board with Mulshine’s help.

Senior and outgoing Editor-in-Chief Julia Pardee of Freehold entrusts the new Editors-in-Chief to help assign the executive positions.  

“The Editors-in-Chief and Mrs. Mulshine know the paper and its staff better than anyone else, and I believe they are most qualified to select the editors,” Pardee said.

Inkblot writer and junior Shannon Damiano of Spring Lake Heights said that the club’s distinct election method has its pros and cons.

“If Inkblot was like how it was for other clubs, we could end up with a bad paper so I guess it’s the best way. It has its flaws but I don’t have a better alternative,” Damiano said.

In order to be eligible to run for the National Honor Society council, rising seniors must be a member of the club, be close or already fulfilled the required points, obtain signatures from a third of the fellow junior members and provide a short speech.

Junior Julia Dwight of Atlantic Highlands will be the vice president of NHS next year. She approves of the election process and can not wait to be on the council.

“The whole process of applying gives you multiple opportunities to show why you want to be on the council and what you can do for the club,” Dwight said. “Everyone who ran was so passionate and I’m so excited for next year with such a great council.”


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