|Shyheim Carter, a candidate for president of the Jag Leaders Club, holds a campaign sign before club elections at Kentwood Magnet High School on September 9, 2015.|
Baton Rouge, La – The Southern University Agricultural Research & Extension Center kicked-off “Club Election Day,” on September 9, 2015 at Kentwood Magnet High School in Kentwood, Louisiana.
Students nominated their peers for President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Parliamentarian, iReporter and Chairman. Hopefuls were allowed to make campaign signs and give brief campaign speeches; telling why he/she is the best person for the job.
“This is great public speaking practice, and gives every club member a sense of belonging to partake in the election process,” said Southern University Ag Center Youth Development Agent Nicolette Gordon.
Candidates waited anxiously as all ballots were tallied to see who will lead the Outstanding Mature Girlz Club, and Jag Leaders Club during the 2015-2016 school year.
“There will definitely be a leadership training for all newly elected officers,” said Gordon.
Under the direction of Dr. Wanda Burke, SU Ag Center Youth Development Specialist and Director of the Southwest Center for Rural Initiatives, Youth Development Agents are currently organizing a spring “Leadership Retreat” for all newly elected Club Officers in Opelousas, Orleans, St. Helena, and Tangipahoa Parishes.
Story written by Nicolette Gordon, SU Ag Center Youth Development Agent.