Exercising their rights

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By The Staff

Taylor County Elementary's Junior Beta Club members got first-hand experience in the voting process recently when they elected new officers.

Made up of fifth graders, Junior Beta Club members were given the opportunity to run for office. Each student was required to apply for candidacy. The application included teacher recommendations. A total of 19 students ran for three offices - president, vice president and secretary.

The students were given one week to campaign.

"The candidates were very creative with their campaigns," stated Junior Beta Club sponsor Debbie Gumm. "They used catchy slogans on campaign posters and distributed everything from buttons and cookies to candy and doughnuts."

County Clerk Mark Carney came to the school on Friday, Jan. 18 and spoke to the students about elections. He also brought the voting machine complete with an official ballot, which the students used to cast their votes.

The members elected Kensi Moore as president, Hunter Christie as vice president and Tori Cochran as secretary. The remaining candidates who were not elected will now make up the Junior Beta Council.

Susie Pollock also serves as a Junior Beta Club sponsor.