If you were listening to the morning announcements last Thursday, the annual nominees for Homecoming Court were announced for each of the classes, including the Senior King and Queen. Before the lucky few were announced, Mrs. Schwenk gave a special shout-out to Ty Ebdon and Olivia Triplett, whose classmates rewarded them both with enough votes to be nominated, but their names did not appear on this year’s ballot.
School policy states students may not be crowned a consecutive time and Ebdon and Triplett both wore the honorable crowns as juniors at prom. This policy was put in place to give more students a chance at winning, but I think we all know that’s not a very legitimate reason.
During advisory, every student in the school was given a slip of paper to nominate their top choices for their homecoming ballot. Students are given the power to nominate their individual choices, giving every student the same chance of being nominated. So when LHS faculty members tally up the numbers for each nominee, their opinion on eligibility should not overpower the students’.
You get the most nominations, you get put on the ballot. You get the most votes on the ballot, you get your crown. It’s just the way this situation should be. Our school isn’t the cast of Mean Girls where elections are rigged by the popular, egotistic rich girls (especially for King and Queen). Instead, our own faculty are the ones tampering with the ballot by insisting two well-deserving nominees are kept off of it.
Unlike school events such as class elections, homecoming court is a popularity contest – and one of the biggest at that. Ebdon and Triplett have obviously done something right to earn their nominations two consecutive years, so why shouldn’t they be given the opportunity to bask in their glory at their last homecoming night at Ledyard?
Megan Rosen, Staff Writer
Sophomore Megan Rosen is a staff writer for the 2015-2016 Colonel. She is on the volleyball team.