Peabody High’s annual Student Government Day is back in action for the Class of 2016, who now have their shot at getting a feel for a variety of city positions. The events get underway far from now in the spring on April 14, but the process to get there begins tomorrow.
Described as “a citywide event in which PVMHS seniors shadow a city counterpart for the day and participate in evening activities at city hall”, the day is pristine timing to start thinking about the future as the road to graduation begins in the aftermath, the first of many closing senior events.
School committee, city council, and mayor winners will have the added benefits of participating in mock meetings at city hall on that day where proposals for improving the city can be made. Who knows how much consideration they’ll receive, but it can’t be a bad look to get ideas across in that environment.
Seniors often fall into two categories, those who have a vision for what they want to be past high school and those who have no clue. Government day provides an opportunity for those two groups to either spend time with an experienced city official in a position they strive for or find something they love.
Either way, the road towards Government Day begins tomorrow with the primary elections. For over a week now seniors have been nominating themselves for candidacy in positions from Mayor of Peabody to Fire Inspector, most of which only have room for one to fulfill.
The primary elections involve breaking down the races for each of the roughly 70 positions to at most two (unless otherwise noted) candidates. These take place tomorrow November 15 and Tuesday November 16.
From there we move on to the general elections, on Monday November 23 and Tuesday November 24, where winners will be awarded with their positions.
Polls open through student (@peabodystu.org) emails tomorrow morning at 7AM, but The Tanner Times gained early access to the ballot. Some of the candidates decided to make their case for why seniors should vote for them. Get a feel for who you’ll be voting for below.
Also note the spots with no candidates, those can still be claimed by anybody who isn't currently running for a position or those who end up losing their current election. See Mr. McCue for more details on that.
“My name is Gianna Chalmers and I'm running for attorney for student government day. I believe I'm qualified to represent the respect and intelligence of our senior class to the actual city attorney as well as learn more about the position. I'm highly interested in learning about being an attorney in the real world, I've taken mock trials two years in a row (even though the second year doesn't give me any credits) and I was even on the team that won the historical trial last year! Mock trials has really made me quicker on my feet, therefore I could easily adapt to doing a mock City Council/School committee meeting. I would really appreciate this opportunity, as I'm considering this profession, and a day of shadowing would really help me decide for my future. Thanks, for considering me, Class of 2016!”
"I would like to be elected auditor because that is a possible career I want to pursue in the future and I think it would be a great opportunity to be able to shadow an auditor and get a chance to see how the job works and what goes on in the real world."
Brooksby Farm Manager
Chemist and Water Supervisor
City Councilor: At -Large
City Councilor: Ward One
City Councilor: Ward Two
City Councilor: Ward Three
City Councilor: Ward Four
City Councilor: Ward Five
City Councilor: Ward Six
Community Development Director
Council on Aging Director
"Vote me for engineer because of my knowledge in the field, the classes Im taking in High school, Im majoring in engineering in college, and I also had hands-on experience with an engineering company over the summer."
Chief of Fire Department
Health and Human Services Director
"I want to be the HHSD because at the core of what I want to do as part of my career in life is help people live safer and healthier lives. I'm going into college to study Health Science, Exercise Science specifically, and then onto grad school for a PhD in Physical Therapy (so essentially 7 years of post-secondary school). Wherever I go I just want to be a catalyst for change and improvement in the lives of others, and I really think this position in student government can help me learn a lot. (You can quote me on that btw lol) Thanks for hearing me out!"
"As human resources director you communicate and supervise many people amongst a company. I think that positive communication and relationships with others are essential to success and I plan to go to school for business/public relations."
Information Technology Director
“I'm running for library director because the library has always been one of my favorite places in the city. I love all it has to offer from books to movies to special events. I want to see how it is run and how those things get to people.”
"I have been lucky enough to help lead my class since freshman year as an officer and be our DECA president for the past two years. I love taking other people’s views and transforming them into an idea that can work for everyone. I would be honored to work along side our mayor to see how he gets it done on a larger scale and how I can learn from him."
Mayor’s Administrative Assistant
Mayor’s Chief of Staff
Mayor’s Executive Secretary
Parks and Forestry Superintendent
Peabody Municipal Light Plant Chairperson
Peabody Municipal Light Plant Manager
Police Department- Chief of Detectives
Police Department- Chief of Police
"I think that I should be Police Chief for a day. My Dad has been a patrolman in Danvers, Massachusetts for over 12 years. Two of my brothers are interested in careers in law enforcement. My cousins are officers themselves in Beverly, Danvers, and Lynnfield. I am also heavily interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement because a lot of my family has been also. It has interested me for as long as I can remember."
Police Department- School Resource Officer (PVMHS)
Police Department- Secretary to Police Chief
Press- Salem Evening News City Hall Reporter
"It is what I want to do in college, I'm on the school newspaper, and I'm a great writer."
Press- Weekly News City Hall Reporter
^Running unopposed, but still appreciate all the love as always!
Public Health Nurse
"I think I should win public health nurse because I really want to help people and I think I can do a good job with it. Also, I plan on majoring in nursing in college and think the experience will be really eye-opening."
Public Services Director
Recreation, Parks, and Forestry Director
School Department- Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent
School Department- Administrator of Special Education
School Department- Assistant Superintendent of Schools
"I am extremely interested in learning about what she does for our school system and how it works. I have always wanted to observe what her day is like as assistant superintendent. I feel like I would be great for this job as well."
School Department- High School Assistant Principal
School Department- High School Principal
School Department- School Business Manager
“I've always presented myself as a leader. I am able to work with others efficiently in order to produce a successful output. As school business manager, I would hope to collaborate with other organizations to create a favorable environment for PVMHS students and staff. In addition, I'm going to school for business management so this would be a perfect opportunity to get a head start in my career.”
School Department- Superintendent of Schools
"I think I should get the Class of 2016's vote for Superintendent of Schools because I am very hardworking and dedicated. I'm part of many extracurriculars and clubs and feel as though I would be a great candidate that would represent a variety of people. I hope to earn your vote."
“Well, first I feel in order to have the position of the superintendent of schools, I need to have strong organizational skill, a passion of learning, and a genuine care for the students in the public school system. We all know that the Peabody Public school district is not perfect and could use some changes, especially for the high school. I would like to be able to bring this to the attention of the Superintendent of schools who has control over all the schools in our city. One idea I had to improve our school is the safety in our student parking lot, where three cars were broken into recently and items were stolen. If the parking lot had cameras, they would have been able to catch the thief. That is just one of the ideas that I would to bring up to the Superintendent of schools, I am also open to any other ideas that you may wish to see happen. I know that most of our class may not know me, but please take the time to consider voting for me as the superintendent of schools. Thanks.”