Have a Vision? Make the right decision.
The high schoolers at NIS-American at the First Settlement campus were on their toes with anticipation; presidential campaigns, debates and elections were taking place throughout the school and it felt like a rollercoaster ride!
Student voices rang loud and proud. It was time to race for a coveted spot in the student government elections. Posters and flyers had filled up the hallways with five candidates who wanted to make a difference in the school and among their peers.
During the second quarter, five candidates campaigned and visited classes to introduce themselves to students: Hossam Alaa, Ziad Wareh, Aly Ossama, Rawan Helmy, and Noureen Farnawany. Here’s a little piece of gossip, not all of them were the original candidates.
The elections initially began with candidates Abdelrahman Boghdady and Farnawany. Boghdady was a Senior with a passionate mission for positive change in the school. Ultimately, he had the best interest of his peers as his central focal goal. However, you may have noticed that his name wasn’t included in the aforementioned list of candidates, right?
Even beloved leaders make mistakes, and Boghdady graciously owned up to his – this is what makes him worthy of being a true role model. A meaningless fight had broken out and while his involvement was in trying to break it up, he was ultimately engaged in the process. It resulted in him being pulled out of the elections as his fierce battle for presidency went up in smoke. Was that fair though? He even had the utmost courage and determination to admit his to faults in front of the entire school during a morning broadcast.
Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.”
This was not the case for Boghdady, though, as he was not allowed to continue in the race. At the end of the day, NIS maintains that our school policies cannot be bent or broken for anyone no matter how passionate their hearts are. Consequently, more candidates came forth and not all shared the same passion or vision for serving the students and the school.
After the preliminary elections, the candidates were narrowed down to Alaa and Wareh who went head to head during the the final debate. Students filled up Mahrous Hall starting early in the morning and the candidates addressed each grade with their plan, and vision for their presidency; questions were asked and they were well-prepared with the answers.
It was a close and exciting race, each candidate wanted to make it to the finish line; admirably they both didn’t make it about themselves but instead about their fellow peers who they wanted to serve. What could benefit the students more than a united front by two young men who have their best interest at heart? After an exhilarating race, the two candidates will work together with Alaa as president and Wareh as his vice along with other chosen members.
NIS Today will be following up with the student council members and keeping the community up-to-date with their plans, achievements and visions; stay tuned.