My daughter decided that though the competition was stiff (11 well-qualified kids running – 2 open seats), and she was a little nervous about making her speech in front of her entire class, the prize was worth the fight. She and another sweet student even conducted a little political bargaining – each agreeing to vote for the other.
Here’s her speech:
I feel confident I can make it into student council. I like leading people and hope I can help the school. I remember in kindergarten looking at student council and thinking “I’d love to be them one day.” To be a good student council person you have to have confidence. I have good confidence because I feel good saying hi to old and new friends. To be able to help the school is great and exciting. I would like to be in student council, so please vote for me.
To sway any undecided voters, she brought a little treat for each voter. She’s following one of my favorite mantras - when in doubt, always bring sweets!
When the votes were counted ….
She won! She’s thrilled, and I hope she always remembers an important lesson: don’t let something scary (like a speech) intimidate you out of something you really want to do. Chances are, the bigger the mountain you climb, the greater the reward on the other side.
I hope my brother, a Tenn. State Representative, is ready to make room at the table for a new political leader in the family. Congrats, Callie Mac!