Today, our high school held our annual elections for school leaders, including president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer, and the process is incredibly dumb. I'm sure that others know what I'm talking about; what do you think about class elections? Ours started in advance, with posters and general campaign material being posted around the school about a month beforehand, and it all culminated today with an assembly with candidates giving speeches about why they should be elected and whatnot. I'm not saying that it's bad to have these sorts of positions in a school, but the procedures in electing people is such bullshit. Virtually anyone, no matter what social stature they have, can walk up and apply for a position like this, and then moves forward in putting up useless posters asking for ones' vote. How are we, as the student body, supposed to vote for people like this, without knowing many of them? It is especially difficult for freshmen, like me, because little, if any freshmen run, and usually, we don't know upperclassmen very well. When election day finally comes, the entire school gathers in the gym for an assembly, and unless you are a total prep, the chances of you knowing even one or two of the candidates is very slim. So, there you are, sitting on the uncomfortable bleachers, wasting class time, while hearing very uninspiring, uninformative speeches. It's not fun. At all. Saying this, almost everybody who votes in these elections will vote solely off of peoples' speeches, without taking into account the actual personality of these people. Inevitably, this often brings in very pathetic people to these positions, because kids are entertained by their speeches, which are meant to be humorous in the way they address school issues. This is just lame. It seems that most, if not all of the people who run for these positions are preppy dumbasses with no character. Okay, maybe that's not entirely true, but the stupidity of high school elections makes it seem this way. It'd be nice if we had candidates who actually take this somewhat seriously, rather than the average high school student, who doesn't. Perhaps we need some more thorough campaigns; I don't know.