The long standing tradition of ASB President ends with 2022-2023 ASB elections


Kami Kada

Associated Student Body (ASB) elections took place at Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022.

Caroline Hubner, Reporter

As temperatures rise and finals are a thing of the past, the start of the third quarter at Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) signals a new beginning for special programs and leadership positions. Foothill Tech’s Associated Student Body (ASB) held its annual elections on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022, after broadcasting candidate campaign videos on Friday, Feb. 4, 2022, during an extended fourth period. 

However, unlike in usual years, ASB has decided to not elect an ASB president for the 2022-2023 school year, but rather elect a class President and Vice President from a small pool of ASB students. According to the candidate videos provided by ASB, certain positions such as Senior Class President and Senior Class Vice President only have one student running while other positions have no more than two students competing. 

ASB advisor Melanie ‘Captain’ Lindsey stated, “[The ASB] bylaws require that all candidates run and receive at least one vote, even if they are running unopposed.” At the beginning of each school year, ASB must ratify the legally binding bylaws to avoid any confusion regarding organization operation. 

In response to the question about missing ASB president and vice president positions from the ballot, Captain responded, “we did not have any candidates for the positions of ASB president or VP so we cannot elect those positions [. . . ] I will be reorganizing the leadership of the class to make it work without those positions.”

Current ASB class president Karyme Fierros commented that, “it will be a little odd considering we have never done this before [. . .] next year’s class is prepared and will be able to adjust incredibly to the new organization.”

Lily Shadden, the current Junior Class President, and incoming Senior Class President added, “the absence of the ASB president gives everyone the opportunity to step up and lead. We have such a strong ASB class that everyone will do their part.”

Voting took place through a google form sent via email and results were tallied by Monday afternoon. The results are as follows: Senior Class President – Lily Shadden, Senior Class Vice-President – Maycie Duston, Junior Class President – Karen Estrada, Junior Class Vice-President – Serena Martinez, Sophomore Class President – Rhea Gill and Sophomore Class Vice-President – Eloise Avery.

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