Elite Stars (and Stripes) of 256

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Elite Stars (and Stripes) of 256: Administrators and Faculty at P.S. 256 turned the recent Student Council election into a school-wide learning experience and transformed the school's auditorium into a red-white-and-blue Campaign Arena.  The students learned about democracy, the importance of voting, and the components of a political campaign, principal Sharyn Hemphill, far right, told the media.   From left to right are: Student Council advisor Lenice Gray, an architect of the project; 5th grade teacher Bridgette Williams, Samantha Mebane, newly elected Student Council President, District Leader Renee Collymore,  Ashley Lee, Student Council Vice President and Ms. Hemphill. (Photo courtesy of P.S. 256.)
Elite Stars (and Stripes) of 256: Administrators and Faculty at P.S. 256 turned the recent Student Council election into a school-wide learning experience and transformed the school’s auditorium into a red-white-and-blue Campaign Arena. The students learned about democracy, the importance of voting, and the components of a political campaign, principal Sharyn Hemphill, far right, told the media. From left to right are: Student Council advisor Lenice Gray, an architect of the project; 5th grade teacher Bridgette Williams, Samantha Mebane, newly elected Student Council President, District Leader Renee Collymore, Ashley Lee, Student Council Vice President and Ms. Hemphill. (Photo courtesy of P.S. 256.)

On Monday, November 18, 2013 Ms. L. Gray welcomed everyone to the 7th Annual Student Council Assembly. “Are you ready? Let’s get started,” she said. She turned the reigns over to Ms. R. Meekins (Mistress of Ceremony). The crowd was going wild with enthusiasm, waving their state’s banners, yelling their state’s names and blowing the horns. Ms.Meekins pumped up the students even higher by piping in the song “Fireworks”.  The auditorium was decorated with red, white and blue everywhere. I felt very patriotic. There were posters and pictures of the candidates everywhere. Samantha Mebane and Ashley Lee were Team Williams and Tamia Cannon and Melodey Gomez were Team Courtney. The candidates were ready to go head-to-head for the win. They were all dressed with magnificent, new, crisp blue blouses and blue bottoms, the school’s uniform. The expression on their faces told me they were READY! It was time for the candidates to say their speech. Team Williams stepped up to the podium with a lot of excitement. Ashley, Samantha’s vice president and running mate, delivered a very powerful speech to her fellow students about bullying, conflict resolution and bringing peace through sportsmanship. She said, “If elected, I promise to create many different sports like volleyball, soccer and tennis”. Samantha, her running mate, reiterated a similar speech and the crowd was excited and cheered even louder. Next, Melodey from Team Courtney stepped up to the podium. “If I am elected, I will take it up a notch through creating clubs such as reading, mathematic, cheerleading and hula hoop.  Finally, Tamia stepped to the podium and reinforced all the exciting campaign promises of her running mate. She said, “I won the P. S. 256 Talent Show last year and I will start the hula hoop team this year if I am elected School President today”. Once again, the crowd roared with excitement.  Next, Ms. Meekins asked our special guest Ms. Renee Collymore, the 57th District Leader of the District to come on stage for words of encouragement for the candidates. Then she got the crowd hyped up: “Are you ready to vote,” she yelled to everyone. The delegates started to cast their electoral votes and Team Courtney received the first 47 electoral votes from the East region. Then Team Williams roared back with 71 electoral votes from the remaining eastern states. Team Courtney received 26 votes from the West. This went back and forth until California voted. With 55 electoral votes for Team Williams, Ashley and Samantha felt a sigh of relief knowing this may have been the one that may have catapulted them to victory.

After the votes were calculated and  District Leader Ms. Renee Collymore announced the winners as Team Williams, Samantha Mebane, Ashley Lee and the auditorium was filled with cheers and applause. The winning team said their victory speech while the runner-up team gave their concession speech.

 

Written by

Ashley Lee-class 5-207

Lateef Akeredolu- Education Assistant

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