by Kaia Atzberger
The class of 2019 has always been unique and innovative when it comes to school spirit, or in some cases the lack thereof. Well known for throwing candy back during the pep rallies their sophomore year and …, this senior class added homecoming campaigning to their legacy in Bay Village. Although students have always been involved in the election process for homecoming king and queen, this year’s court went above and beyond.
Even before the homecoming court was elected, persuasive emails were sent to the senior class by prospective candidates. Following the announcement of the six candidates: Katherine Baeppler, Garrett Butler, Charlie “Chibbons” Gibbons, Christina Randazzo, Annie Spies, and Anthony “Stiggs” Stiegelmeyer, posters began to pop up around the halls of Bay High School. Candidates produced convincing slogans and enticing candy appeals to acquire votes and convince Bay High voters that they wanted and deserved to win. The height of campaigning came one day during 3C lunch when various students, including certain candidates, publicly announced their voting intentions. This display quickly became well known, spreading rapidly on social media.
On Friday, September 22nd, students gathered at the homecoming assembly. After listening to a speech made by a Bay High School alumnus and watching this year’s senior slideshow (which I may add, caused me to seriously acknowledge that this would be my class next year), the results were announced. Although each candidate had their merits, as announced before their introductions, the winners were Annie and Stiggs.
Stiegelmeyer believes that campaigning “puts the power in people’s hands” and helps to “decide who would be the best king or queen.” He would also like to thank his friends for helping him develop his campaign.
Although the outcome of campaigning on the election results is subjective, it can be reasoned that this new innovation may be influential and a positive tactic to pursue in following years.