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Scholars Make Their Case for Student Council Posts in First Annual Election

Scholars at Walton Charter Academy participated in their first election cycle to select members of their student council.
More than 50 students submitted applications to join the council this year. They were asked to write about why they should be accepted and were required to provide recommendations from teachers as well.
 The student counsel posing.

Seven students in 6th through 8th grades campaigned and wrote inspiring speeches in hopes of earning votes from their classmates during a special assembly.
“What impressed me about the students running were students who are usually very shy and quiet were the ones who were the most vocal about changes that they would like to see in their 6-8 hallway,” Middle School Dean Marshelia Williams said.

Williams and Instructional Coach Jennifer Dooley are both advisors to the student council, which has 15 active members and meets once a week after school.
“The group that was elected ranged from quiet/shy to strong academic leadership, to very vocal within the hallway,” Williams said. “They are strong willed, intellectual and want what's best for their school and peers.”
All middle school students attended the assembly and parents were invited as well. Candidates also created posters to promote their candidacy in the hallways.
 Student waiting to give their election speeches.

Williams said she was impressed with the outcome and noted the significance of getting students involved in their school community at this age.
“This opportunity is vital for young people,” she said. “It gives them a sense of purpose, teaches them responsibility, leadership, community, and how our judicial system works. It teaches them that there are processes that have to be followed in order for change to happen.”
Congratulations to the newest members of the Walton Charter Academy Student Council.
Walton Charter Academy is a tuition-free, public charter school in Pontiac, Michigan, serving students in Young 5s through eighth grade. It is part of the National Heritage Academies network, which includes 99 tuition-free, public charter schools serving more than 65,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade across nine states. For more information, visit

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