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How to Win NHS Election

Tyler09Tyler09 Registered User Posts: 2,768 Senior Member
edited April 2008 in High School Life
I've decided to campaign for president of my school's chapter of National Honors Society, elections are in a little less than a month.

Anybody with any experience in running for President of a school organization have any tips or suggestions? I'm kind of the underdog running against the current President who seeks to take a second term. But i honestly believe that I could run NHS in a better direction and revitalize it into a more active organization.

Any words of wisdom would be appreciated, thanks!
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Replies to: How to Win NHS Election

  • you'llsee...you'llsee... Registered User Posts: 4,535 Senior Member
    So have I. Good luck to us both.
  • Infinite_TruthInfinite_Truth Registered User Posts: 570 Member
    I'm doing so too! Good luck to everyone.
  • MidwestMom2Kids_MidwestMom2Kids_ Registered User Posts: 6,673 Senior Member
    Do they use posters? Many small posters are better than fewer large posters. Buttons and t-shirts work, but these seem like overkill for a club president position - save for when you are running for student body president. Stickers maybe? Go ahead and let people know you really want the position. (Buttons, stickers, t-shirts all help, and can be made at home - you don't need to spend a lot of money on this.) If you do make buttons, suggest that your friends put the buttons on their backpacks. They don't have to worry about putting holes in their clothes, and everyone uses the same backpack every day, so it will get more visibility. Good luck to all of you.
  • benellisbenellis Registered User Posts: 462 Member
    I think people don't understand how little students care about school elections. Personally, I find posters, buttons, stickers, ect. obnoxious.
  • Infinite_TruthInfinite_Truth Registered User Posts: 570 Member
    I agree with that. 95% of people don't care. You just need to force enough people who will vote for you to go and vote for you, and that's how you win.
  • USNAgolden2014USNAgolden2014 Registered User Posts: 336 Member
    From my experience, when running for any school office, the most important thing to do is talk to as many people as you can. People ignore most things you make (short of food which is always well recieved :) ) but they do not ignore you if you make a solid case (to them) as to why you should be president. Start as soon as you can, but do not be overbearing, that can really turn people off.
    Mainly just show how important this position is to you and how you will improve the situation
  • MelancholyDaneMelancholyDane Registered User Posts: 643 Member
    Give a funny/charismatic speech. You're not going to sway any undecideds with posters, and friends of candidates will vote for their friend every time, so it helps to be popular.
  • AeroEngineer3141AeroEngineer3141 Registered User Posts: 3,607 Senior Member
    Since a good number of people don't care about the outcome anyway, do whatever it takes to get noticed (in a good way).
  • ivyathlete12ivyathlete12 Registered User Posts: 110 Junior Member
    I don't know how big your NHS elections are, but when I did it I just gave an impromptu one minute speech. Just tell people "Vote for me"
  • PathetiquePathetique Registered User Posts: 679 Member
    Make friends with the kids in NHS. The more friends you have, the more people know your name (through sports, plays, etc.), I'd be willing to bet, the more votes you'll get.

    Also, if you're a witty sort of person, I second the funny speech idea. Don't bother if you're not; it'll probably end up awkward. Sampling your speech to family and (close) friends is always a good idea.

    Good luck.
  • zarathustrazarathustra Registered User Posts: 88 Junior Member
    Talk about Hope and Change. Use vague grandiose statements about your vision of the future. Learn to dance.
  • athenegoddessathenegoddess Registered User Posts: 880 Member
    i got elected secretary and am going to be president in the fall of NHS.We only had to give a short speech, but this is what got me voted in:

    a) be a geniunely nice person. at all times. not just for elections or at interviews or to your teachers. If you are a nice person (not a pushover, mind you!) who makes friends with all sorts of people, then people who are your friends will be more likely to vote for you. A big group of my friends who were in NHS pushed me to do it because they said i'll be good at it so i decided to give it a shot. i didn't know 1/4 of the kids, but i did know 3/4ths and i am on friendly terms with all of them. i didn't become their friends because i wanted to win an election, but rather because i geniunely WANTED to be their friend. And just by being a friendly person paid off.

    b) don't be afraid to be different. Be funny, original, yourself. Emphasize HOW you want to change the current organization. Don't diss the other competitors, that just seems shallow and petty. Rather, talk about what YOU can bring to the table.

    c) don't make a long list of your accomplishments, AP classes you've taken. this does nothing for you, as people just get annoyed. i've watched countless club elections already, and people get really frustrated when all the candidates do is list their ECs and AP classes. What's even more stupid is when people start comparing how many AP classes they've taken. When i said my speech, i said outfront that i don't believe taking 30823908908 APs is an indicator of how well i can run the organization. instead i emphasized my leadership in my ECs. That made me stand out.

    good luck. Hope this helps.
  • CAkidCAkid Registered User Posts: 29 New Member
    My school's elections were a joke.

    Usually the most popular person wins. Hopefully you're popular. And if you give a speech make it short, funny, and sincere.
  • Lori1122Lori1122 Registered User Posts: 1,090 Member
    I'm the current president.. I ran against like pretty much the whole junior class of NHS.. almost everyone ran, they all voted for themselves, and I knew they would do that.. so i told my friends (all 3 of them) to stack it so they all voted for me.. and I want to say, I won it with 4 votes.. but I don't know for sure..
  • piccolojuniorpiccolojunior - Posts: 2,629 Senior Member
    It's almost always a popularity contest....
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