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May 5, 2008

SGA announces election results

by Jon Kesten, Online Foreign Desk Editor
After Blazers' votes from last Thursday and Friday were counted, the new SGA officers for the 2008-2009 school year have been announced. The results are as follows, according to Montgomery County Regional SGA (MCR) Liaison and Co-Deputy of In-School Elections Walker Hatchett:
Sophomore and SGA President Sibyl Brown gave her speech last week. Gili Perl
Sophomore and SGA President Sibyl Brown gave her speech last week.

Executive Level

President: Sibyl Brown, sophomore
Vice President: Jessica Arce, junior
Secretary: to be appointed
Treasurer: to be appointed

Class of 2009

President: Jennifer Romero
Vice President: Darcye Sorinmade

Class of 2010

President: Redab Alnifaidy
Vice President: Danielle Sok

Class of 2011

President: Tej Ganti
Vice President: Hannah Ho

Hatchett was content with the election process. "Given the setbacks experienced with the speeches, it ran pretty smoothly," he said. Citing a school-wide total of 4,447 votes for all candidate categories, Hatchett also noted success in school participation. "We also had good voter turnout this time around."

President Sibyl Brown will determine the cabinet positions of SGA Secretary and Treasurer within the month.

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  • Anonymous (View Email) on May 5, 2008 at 7:04 PM
    "Secretary: to be appointed
    Treasurer: to be appointed"

    So, much for a student government elected by the student body. "To be appointed"?

    I think it's time we got a little bit more democratic in the SGA.

    No one was listening during the speeches, making this election a mockery of the democratic process and more of a popularity contest.
  • aom on May 5, 2008 at 10:00 PM
    there was a lack of good candidates this year, which was disappointing. and what's up with the sophomores running for prez? next year is going to be a joke, cuz i don't think any of the elected people are going to be able to do much.
  • Anonymous on May 5, 2008 at 10:08 PM
    I agree with Mark.
  • Unsatisfied on May 5, 2008 at 10:15 PM
    I totally agree with machoi..nobody paid any attention during the speeches and it voting was all based on popularity. Whose bright idea was to have the speeches during lunch???
  • i agree on May 5, 2008 at 10:32 PM
    SGA speeches during lunch don't work out. no one really listens; it's too loud anyway.
  • mango on May 6, 2008 at 5:32 PM
    Even if the speeches were held not during lunch, what would the students be basing their votes off of? The voice and eloquence of the candidates? That happened during the SMOB elections. Because the voting population couldn't hear the voice of the candidates, they're basing their votes on which of the candidates' names stand out the most. It's not that big of a difference from the sound of a person's voice.

    There's also plenty of corruption. Last year, a person who helped with the votes asked me to vote for one of the candidates. Ah well, you have to accept what you're part of. You shouldn't expect to pay 5 dollars for a 10 cent snicker bar.
  • nonya (View Email) on May 6, 2008 at 5:43 PM
    sibyl as president!? k, thats obviously a JOKE. SGA at blair is officially doomed. how can you have a junior run the 2008-2009 school year? and yes, democracy at blair is a joke too. so much for people voting for who they want, its all a popularity contest.
  • liberal on May 6, 2008 at 9:23 PM
    down with hyder
    go sibyl
  • Andrew Hyder (View Email) on May 7, 2008 at 7:54 AM
    Congratulations, Sibyl!

    Mark, treasurer and secretary are positions for which anybody can run. It would be undemocratic if people weren't allowed to run, but people had the choice--they just chose not to.

    Also, speeches were originally going to be held in an assembly as in previous years, but the logistics just didnt work out.
  • some guy on May 7, 2008 at 1:17 PM
    You're all so stupid did you all really think this years vote would be based on the candidates credentials and not their popularity? It happens every year don't act all surprised. and don't be all mad next year when the SGA does nothing (again) because it happens every year, its nothing new.
  • uh on May 7, 2008 at 1:50 PM
    sebastian johnson was SGA prez as a junior...i'd say he did a good job.
  • sga member on May 7, 2008 at 5:07 PM
    Basically, none of you know what you are talking about except for Hyder. There were supposed to be election speeches during your classes but the administration didn't allow taking class time. And treasurer and secretary will be appointed because no one ran for them. The people you voted for were the only people to step forward and run, we don't decide the candidates. Furthermore, SGA plans lots of things, but most students don't care enough to come. Or administration decides they don't want it to happen. So stop complaining and join SGA if you want something to be done.
  • Anonymous (View Email) on May 7, 2008 at 7:06 PM
    If we don't have people running, then I guess we don't need someone in the office position.

    When we allow people to be appointed positions, we introduce corruption. If the student body does not find someone who is willing to be part of SGA, then it would be wrong to allow the SGA to appoint someone.

    If we are filling in these positions through appointments, then obviously someone wants the position. That person, who ever fills the position, should have to run, even unopposed, for the sake of democracy.

    But I speak of positions beyond just Secretary and Treasurer. What about the Historian? What does (s)he do? When was (s)he elected? What about the Chancellor? Just look at page 6 in our planbooks and you will see all the positions which aren't elected.

    In my humble opinion, this is just corruption and people filling in their college applications with overhyped positions.

    What workload is assigned to the Director of Community Outreach that she needs TWO deputies?

    SGA needs to seriously reconsider its motives. Is the purpose of SGA to fill several lines on the participants college applications? Then I think it's time we had some reform.

    If you really are running for SGA for the purpose of changing the school for the better, maybe show us some sincerity and leave it off the college application. If you want it for personal benefits, well, reconsider.

    In the mean time, I think the Blair Administration should also reconsider SGA.
  • blazer on May 8, 2008 at 2:01 AM
    i think everyone has some valid points (corruption/ill-informed voters/etc). but, hey, if you care so much about what happens in SGA, run for the position yourself next time. and if you didn't run because you're too busy or something, well, sorry. that sucks.
    Even if the SGA were just a popularity contest/something for college apps (I don't think it is), it's still a lot of work for the officers. These are the people who were willing to put in the time and effort, so at the very least you know you've got officers who brave enough to run and motivated enough to work for it. this is what we have for the next year, and it's not going to change it, so let's work with it.

    also: SGA is great, and it's important, but it's only high school. it's not a big deal. the SGA does not control armies, it's not going to start wars. the most dramatic thing that could happen is if the ID policy changed or something. it's not going to affect your life that much. relax

    and good luck to Sibyl and Jessica! it's gonna be a good year.
  • Dantes on May 8, 2008 at 7:52 AM
    The SGA is merely in place to give some sense of democracy to the student body. These elections were nothing more than a popularity contest (as are many elections, presidential included) in a school full of stupid people.

    That being said, the SGA is useless outside of its context. That is, as a figurehead designed to keep the student body that believes itself intelligent pacified. People begin to get upset when they feel they have no representation, real or imagined. The truth is that the administration will listen to anyone levelheaded with a good idea. The SGA is a hollow representation of the "concerned" student body. I have yet to see someone in the SGA who didn't have their own agenda in mind, or who didn't propose policies that benefited them. It does look pretty on a college application though. Perhaps I should have run, I have a few very good ideas for this school and its policies, and I'm not going to college.

    Actually, I'm content to just have lunch with the administration (as I have done several times) and discuss the issues on both our minds. If you have something to say or an idea to propose, I highly advise you take it to the administrators. They'll listen, so long as you’re reasonable and have a good suggestion.
  • capn crunch (View Email) on May 29, 2008 at 12:59 PM
    mark choi, you talk about the inner workings of SGA when you are completely ignorant of the way it works. when it comes to the function of the SGA, titles mean absolutely nothing. in fact, everything falls on the president: they are the face of the SGA and must take responsibility when something goes wrong.

    and while membership in SGA is always nice to put on a college application, that is not why the majority of the people take the class.

    people in SGA have titles just for the sake of having titles; the director of race relations, chancellor, and deputy director of anything all do basically the same thing, planning and organzing specific events, and helping other people with their projects.

    and there is no corruption, at least not this year. part of the reason election plans werent as smooth as years past was that Hyder, who as parliamentarian was responsible for elections, had to be removed from all related duties when he announced his plan to run for office. i can assure you that he had no way of influencing election results despite his involvement with SGA, so elections were certainly fair.

    and appointed positions arent just given to an SGA member's friends like candy. interested person must fill out an application, and go through an interview process with the SGA president and advisor. for this reason, i can guarantee that the student who came in today to pick up applications for himself and 3 of his friends for "a position where I can do no work and put it on my college apps" will not get a position next year. I'll make sure of it.

    And mark, i'll iterate again that titles mean nothing. the deputy directors of community outreach would do exactly the same job if they were viceroy of alpha centauri. everyone in SGA makes contributions and is held accountable for their actions.

    and mark, saying you should leave SGA off of your college applications is total crap. When you put hundreds of hours of your time into something over your high school career, and it's something you care about, it should be placed front and center on your college apps. your logic is like saying I should have left the magnet program off of my college apps if I really cared about the education I got from it.

    and I'm not sure what you've done for the school this year, but if you organized homecoming, held spirit weeks, ran two blood drives, showed an outdoor movie, and coordinated SMOB and in-school elections, and did some other things to benefit the school, let me know.

    otherwise, stop talking about something you really know nothing about.
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