VHS students conduct elections using Brevard County voting machines


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In order to vote, students had to bring their ID and cast a ballot between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on April 13.

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The senior class and Student Government Association (SGA) at Viera High School held officer elections for the school on April 13.

Students throughout the school voted during their lunch period in the SGA classroom, using voting machines supplied by the supervisor of elections. SGA elections were open to all students except the senior class, while only juniors voted in the senior class elections.

VHS seniors Daniela Mordas, president, and Emily Bodi, secretary, helped organize and run the elections. Jackie Zumsteg, vice president, and Julia Sivco, treasurer, completed the SGA student government for this year.

Gabriel Torres, a Viera High history teacher, supervises SGA students.

“It’s been very competitive,” Mordas said. “Last week they started advertising, putting up campaign signs starting at 7:30 a.m. Monday.”

Posters, banners, T-shirts and buttons, were used for advertising this year, resulting in an increase of students voting.

“If they’re smart, they’re in the cafeteria right now trying to get people to come this way,” Torres said. “We have a total of 35 candidates running for office.”

Another plus for this year, in addition to the voting machines, is that all students 16 and older could register to vote in the general elections.

“We’ve had a lot of students registering,” Torres said. “Seniors weren’t able to vote in the school election, so we wanted to have this opportunity for them to register.”

Student government is involved in both school and community events during the school year. Among the current SGA achievements is winning the Gold Medallion Council award of the year for the Florida Association of Student Councils and the Council of Merit Awards. Students also participated in the Children’s Miracle Network fundraising event, for which more than $25,000 was raised, and a school beautification day.

On the state level, SGA members worked for school improvements including a resolution passed this year to have all classroom as well as exterior doors locked. Mordas spoke in Tallahassee for legislation on mental health assistance in high schools.

“It’s been a great experience,” Bodi said.

Student government members participate in biweekly meetings, where they follow an agenda and use parliamentary procedure.