Accusations raised by students that Yearbook staff allows Mock Election ‘popularity contest’ to continue

Yearbook staff sent out a mass email to the senior class, a voting system provided by the yearbook committee. A common problem that the staff addresses is to field accusations about how the mock elections are simply a popularity contest between students.

The mock elections are sent to the senior class as a whole and are provided a list of names of each graduating student. Everyone has an equal chance of being voted for at least one of the titles provided whether it be “most gullible” or “class clown.” If a particular person did not receive a title that they personally believed should have obtained, they must take into consideration all the other people who voted and that everyone has different views on who is the best fit for a particular title.

Mock Elections were sent out by Yearbook committee and students were given a list of all seniors. Screenshot by Destiny Peterson

In no way is the Yearbook staff responsible for the student body’s votes. The staff provides the senior class with the opportunity to vote for peers who best fit in each mock election category. It’s not to set up a survey to help decide who has the newest iPhone or who spends the most money at the mall.

About two years ago a member of the Newspaper wrote an article in regards to the same issue, labeling the mock elections as a popularity contest, blaming the Yearbook staff for such an immoral thing to be in existence. However, in no way is the yearbook staff in control of the votes cast by the student body.

Of course, this got the attention of Yearbook staff and one of the senior editors replied to the article with a comment: “Out of the 249 people in the senior class, 163 of them voted. That means over 65 percent of our grade participated in the elections, which ironically is more than the percentage of eligible voters who participated in the 2012 presidential election,” Madeline Bradley said.

In order for the mock elections to be run in the yearbook, the staff requires that 60 percent of the class participate.

The staff was hurt and frustrated that they were receiving the blunt force of such hatred; for something that is a tradition in Gull Lake high school and many other schools. The Yearbook staff should no longer be held accountable for the votes that are cast by the students who participated in the mock elections.

Destiny Peterson

Destiny Peterson

I am a senior at Gull Lake High School. This is my first and unfortunately last year in Newspaper. This will be my second year in the Performing Arts Company and will run Track and Field for a third year. I plan to go to college for a writing career and am really excited to get started.

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