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Constitution first step for new student government

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Jerome High School sophomore Brady Ellis (right) and senior Dalton Miller were the first to put their signatures on a new student constitution that will bring elections of a president, vice president, secretary and treasurer to the school this spring.
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Dip pens and ink wells don't make their way into classrooms very often.

But a group of Dublin Jerome High School students utilized the tools last week as they signed a student constitution that will jump start a new form of student government.

"The main goal of this constitution was to get student representation," said Brady Ellis, a Jerome sophomore who worked to put the document together with Dalton Miller.

Currently, the school has a Principal Advisory Council, student cabinet and student senate, but none are elected offices.

The constitution signed Jan. 23 will change things, however, upgrading the student senate to four elected student offices: president, vice president, secretary and treasurer.

The duo was motivated to pen a constitution after Ellis got a look at a successful student government in middle school and Miller saw a problem upon joining the Principal Advisory Council this year.

"In meetings we were struggling to get things done," Miller said.

"The meetings lacked organization and there was no real person to go to to get something done."

Last fall Ellis and Miller began crafting a constitution and the version signed last week was the 14th draft.

"As my history teacher says, 'When you put in on paper, no one can argue with it,' " Ellis said.

"We thought it would make it more real."

The constitution outlines student offices and rules for the election, set in April.

Miller will act as elections officer and has plans for campaigning, speeches from candidates and voting that will get the entire school involved.

"I'm really excited for it," he said.

Ellis also has plans for the election.

"I'm running," he said.

"I had to work on what to write (for the constitution) and now I have to go through it myself."

Jerome's student constitution will be a working document.

"There is a clause that it has to be revised every few years," Miller said. "We can't see into the future."

"This is the first time we've ever done anything like this," Ellis said.

"We're not sure how it would turn out. Two years from now we might find something (that needs changed)."

With the constitution in place and the first student election approaching, the creators are excited for the future of Jerome High School.

"There is nobody to go to if you want to get something done," Miller said, adding that one friend approached him about getting the school's flag properly illuminated.

"This won't just be a thing for your resume, but for people interested in making the school better for everyone."

While students are sure to get an education from the election process, Jerome High School Principal Cathy Sankey said she sees other benefits coming from the new student constitution.

"Any time students are leading and are part of the process, it's good for the school," she said.

"It's a great start for us to include more ownership and student voice."

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