What It’s Really Like to Run for DC

By Teddy Siker

The Discipline Committee at OES is as interesting as it is scary.

The OES Disciplinary Committee (DC) is the committee that decides appropriate consequences for academically dishonest and inappropriate actions. It’s made up of  four or five elected students, who are voted in every year by their respective classes, and four or five appointed faculty members. This year I decided to run as a freshman representative. I didn’t win: The freshmen representation this year was taken by a new student named Hayden Nelson, who previously went to school at Trillium. But from my own experience, my interview with a current junior representative, and my analysis of why Hayden won, I can tell you what it’s like to run for a spot on the DC.

It is really fun running for the DC. My experience taught me more about my friends and peers than I knew beforehand. At first I thought my the first main threat to my campaign was a young lad, friend, and peer named Asa Brown. An intelligent student, he figured out a strategy  to get the most voters quickly, and racked up an impressive amount of supporters. I followed his lead and also emailed all the ninth graders I thought might be undecided. We soon both learned that the key to winning the election was the speech. We were required to speak in front of our whole class — a scary task! Both our speeches went well, but they weren’t as impressive as Hayden’s speech. After his speech he grabbed the most votes.

There are several reasons why I think Hayden might have won. First- his vocabulary was far more advanced than Asa’s or mine. His clean, fluent, and advanced way of speaking was a huge factor in convincing voters he was the best candidate. The content of Hayden’s speech was also far superior: He kept mentioning his care for his classmates and friends, which is an incredible quality to possess. The final, and maybe the biggest reason why Hayden won, is the fact that he is a new student. He has much less experience with his classmates than his competitors. This means that his past relations with most (if not all) students would not affect his judgement on a proper consequence. This is simply a crucial advantage to have when it comes to being on the DC, and none of his rivals could claim that trait.

I interviewed Pushkar Shinde, a junior who won his grade’s spot on the committee, and he gave solid advice. His first and best advice (regarded by him) was to be yourself.

“Don’t try to be someone you’re not, it’s better to show people your true self,” said Pushkar during the interview. He said that people don’t like candidates who act “fake” or in a way that everyone knows they’re not. I asked him if being on the committee was ever stressful, and he said no. “It’s actually a fun and constructive experience,” mentioned Pushkar. I questioned him what a meeting is like, and he told me that it’s important to take in everyone’s views and to stay awake and alert.

I’d like to think of my time running for the committee as a fun and amazing experience. It allowed me to open my eyes and take in more about my class. I also learned more about myself, what I’m capable of, and how I handle different situations, from trying to convince people to vote for me to public speaking. I would like to congratulate Hayden Nelson for winning the position and proving that anyone can win. Will I run again? That’s always a mystery.

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