Rep·re·sen·ta·tive

Representative: noun 2. An example of a class or group.

Kezzie Dietz, Reporter

Homecoming week always boils down to two things by Friday: what the girls are wearing and who the homecoming king and queen will be. These individuals are selected through a very complicated and extensive process… not. At the beginning of the week, the senior class votes on four boys and four girls who could potentially become the king and queen. This is a flawless plan that ensures that the kindest, most creditable person is chosen. But, what if this is not the case? What if instead of it being a true representative of the class, it becomes a popularity contest among peers? 

“Success doesn’t just come and find you, you have to go out and get it,” said author T. Scott McLeod. 

I propose a new system of voting. Instead of having the class choose their eight individuals (with the popular friend of the friend groups being nominated), we have the teachers select the eight court candidates which are then voted on by the student body. A set group of standards would ensure the quality of the Homecoming candidates. 

  1. The individual partakes in a fall sport, club, or program.
  2. The individual maintains a certain GPA.
  3. They have to request and obtain two to three teacher recommendations. 

 This may seem like high standards, but as a student, I would like my class to be represented by someone who is actively involved in the highschool experience, cares about their grades, and will take the initiative to apply and show they want the opportunity to represent. I understand that the old way of voting gives everyone an “equal” chance to be selected, but in reality it does not. We can almost guess who will be on court based upon popularity. This is why I believe that teachers selecting the candidates is the best option.