Serving on your school's student council gives you a say in student activities and a voice with the school administration. It also looks good on college applications. However, to make it onto the student council, you'll first need to give a speech and gather votes from the other students.
Use these suggestions to help you craft a speech they'll never forget. It's important that you make sure your speech suits your school and position.
Open With a Humorous Story
Many of you probably know me best for tripping over my feet and falling face first off the stage during prom. Once I got over that embarrassment, I decided I could face you here today.
What I've Done Already
From the first day I arrived at Sample High School, I knew I wanted to become more involved. From serving on the school newspaper as the Features Editor to helping plan prom last year, I consistently spend time in leadership roles and try to make this school an even better place than it already is.
Many of you probably know me from my work with Key Club and the volunteer time I've spent at Sunnyvale Nursing Home and cleaning up our community park.
Running for the Role of _______
It probably won't surprise you that I have decided to run for student council for the role of ___________. As student council _________ (role), I will strive to continue to make improvements in the school for every student here at Sample High.
I Understand and Can Do the Job
The student council works side-by-side with the student body and the administration to ensure student events throughout the year are successful. As _______, I will ensure that you have a memorable year.
Please Vote for Me
Today, I am asking for your vote for _______. Should you elect me, I will listen to your concerns and work hard for you. Thank you.
Make the Opening Stand Out
Hello, my name is John Doe and I'm a junior. I'm not the type of student who will lead a senior prank or skip class with you, but that probably isn't what you want in a class president anyway. What I do offer is steadfastness, hard work and the ability to work with others even during difficult circumstances while still keeping a sense of humor.
Last year, when the cafeteria stopped serving the salad bar, I was able to get it reinstated by starting a petition, having many of you sign it and taking it to Principal Smith. Because we worked together, we were able to bring the salad bar back, and now it's better than ever.
During the last three years at Sample High School, I've been involved in many activities. I've played basketball, spent a short time in the school band, worked on various committees and helped tutor students after school. Last year, I was adopted into the National Honor Society and started an after school club for airplane enthusiasts that meets once a week.
What I'll Do for You
As your student council president, I vow to end all homework. Just kidding. I can't do that, but what I can do is be your voice with the school administration and work to make this the best year Sample High has ever had. I will introduce ideas for events, such as a weekly sock hop after high school basketball games and we'll work together to help the community through volunteer work and showing them just how dedicated the students at Williams are.
Ask for the Vote
I would appreciate your vote for president. If elected, I will continue to fight for the things that are important to students, no matter how big or small they might be. Let's work together to make our stamp on this community and on the world.
Vice President Speech
Instead of starting with my name and what I'm running for, at which point you'll tune me out and start looking at the smudge on your left shoe, I am going to tell you my favorite memory so far from high school. My first day at Sample High School, I had no idea how to get to my classes. This school is big, and I was lost.
On top of that, I was rushing around trying to find my class and tripped and fell flat on the floor in front of the cutest guy I'd ever seen. Not only was he nice enough to help me up, but several other students rushed to help me, got me to my classroom and made me feel better about how goofy I was.
That was the moment I fell in love with Sample High School. We all help each other and you don't find that just anywhere.
Why I'm VP Material
One of the reasons I'm running for Vice President for the student council is because I want to give back to the high school I love so much. I want to be that friendly face for new students coming in and a defender for students already here.
During the last two years, I've prepared myself to serve as Vice President by taking on extra work organizing a fan club for our football players to cheer them on when they play at home and make sure our school is represented in the stands at every away game. I've spent time as an office aid, learning about the everyday running of the school and silently taking notes on what we as students can do to improve things and how we can work with the administration.
What I'll Do as Vice President
As your Vice President, I will stand beside your president, offering support and stepping in when she is not able to be here or asks for some extra help. I'll sit on the student council and get actively involved in planning prom, graduation and homecoming. I will always be here to listen to your concerns or to help you off the floor should you fall flat on your face like I did.
Ask for Their Vote
I am asking for your vote for VP of the student council. I love this school, I want to be helpful and I want us all to build memories we'll remember and treasure forever. Now, if I can just get off this stage without falling on my face, I'll be in good shape.
Today, I want to tell you something about me that you might not know. From the time I was five years old, I've been taking guitar lessons. I don't play in a band and I don't take music classes at school, but every night when I get home, I pick up my Fender and I relieve any stress from the day by playing a few of my favorite classic rock songs.
Why You Should Elect Me
Learning to play a musical instrument takes a lot of time and stubbornness. There are times when I just wanted to quit because my fingers were raw from trying to learn a new chord or that song just didn't sound right. However, I stuck with it until I overcame the challenge and that is exactly what I'll do as your secretary. If there is an issue that needs to be solved, I won't quit until we figure out a solution. I will bring your concerns to the other council members and like learning a new chord, I will stick with that concern until we figure it out.
Ask for the Vote
I would like your vote for secretary of the student council. You never know, I may even bring my guitar to a student council meeting or two and just set it by my side as a reminder of why we need to work hard to achieve worthwhile things.
Beginning of Speech
Hello fellow students and staff,
I don't like to brag, but I'm really good at math. I know, all of you who are really good at English hate me right now. However, if it makes you feel any better, English is really hard.
The student council treasurer is in charge of keeping track of money and numbers, so this role is a perfect fit for me and I've decided to run for the position.
What I've Done
I've been a member of Jackson High's Mathletes for the last two years. In case you're not familiar with this group, we are a group of students who love math and go out and compete in events. We've won state twice in the last three years.
I also am a member of the orchestra. We perform throughout the school year and at school basketball games.
Ask for the Vote
The student council treasurer has to be good at math to keep track of all those numbers. Vote for me and I'll make sure our numbers add up. I'll also have fun doing it because I'm just crazy enough to love numbers.
Pulling from Different Samples
Another thing you can do is to pull the elements you most like from a number of different speeches. Perhaps you like the opening of one speech and the ending of another, for example. Below are some additional sample speeches to add to the selection of speeches above.
Below is an example of a funny student council speech. The young lady, Daisy Thomas, doesn't mind poking fun at her school or herself, but it's all good-natured and you can tell she cares about her school. It's a short speech but follows the format of who she is, what she's running for, what she believes in, what she will do for the school and asking for her fellow students' votes.
Making Your Speech Stand Out
While there are certain traits and promises the student body expects from every candidate's speech, they want to choose one person who stands out from the crowd. Make your speech the most memorable one in the room with these tricks and tips.
- Grab a thesaurus and look for synonyms of common words used to describe the position you're running for. When all the other secretarial candidates talk about their attention to detail, you can use words like meticulous or assiduous to sound different.
- Include visuals like props, a themed outfit, or specific hand gestures to give your speech a multidimensional feel.
- Choose a speech theme to structure your presentation like a specific social media platform, a historical event, or a particular sport. Look for a theme that relates well to your desired position.
- Invent a catchphrase that captures the spirit of your speech to keep the student body talking about it all the way to the polls.
- Tailor a famous speech to make your points by changing a few choice words and keeping the most famous lines intact.
- Add sound effects, song lyrics, or music to give the speech more life.
Make It Memorable
Whether you use one of the samples listed here or write an entirely new speech, be sure to put a personal touch on the speech. By focusing on what makes you unique, your passions and your skills, you will show confidence in front of your classmates and let them see a side of you they may not have seen before. Whether you win or lose the election, you can hold your head high and know you gave the speech your best.
I’m Tommy Kelley and I’m running for freshman class president. I want to be president because I want to lead and make this year as good as possible for our class. I hope to ease some of the pressure of being a freshman by having events that our whole class will enjoy -- and that doesn’t just mean dances, other fun things will be planned, too. I will also do whatever I can to get our class’s voice heard on student council. All in all, I want to make this year fun and rally the class of ’14.
Vote for Arden Marin for President of the Class of 2014 at Needham High School! As president, I will bring my ideas along with your ideas to each Student Council Meeting in order to make the best Freshman year ever! I am an organized, responsible leader ready to serve our class. I plan on working with the other class officers and representatives to ensure that everybody’s suggestions will be heard. I hope all of you voice your opinion by voting and continue to speak up throughout the school year!
Vote for experience, skill and leadership, vote for David Wexler for Freshman class president! I have done so much in the past to qualify myself for president such as serving on the Executive Board of Pollard student council for the past two years, presenting to the school committee multiple times, being in a leadership seminar with the superintendent of schools and being chosen to speak to the faculty and administration of the Needham Public schools. I am very qualified and committed to helping the class of 2014 have a productive and most of all, fun freshman year in high school.
Hi, I am Sara Castiglia and I want to be your Freshman Vice President. I am really excited about our Class of 2014. We have so many talented students, artists, athletes, musicians, you name it! If elected, I will help make sure your voices and interests are heard so we can have the best year ever. I am enthusiastic, energetic, and dedicated. With these qualities I will work hard to be a strong member of Student Council. Thank you for your support, and when you are voting please remember, Sara C. for V.P.!
As the Vice President of the Class of 2014, I will make sure that your voices are heard. I will communicate with the rest of Student Council to make sure everyone’s opinion is considered when important decisions regarding our school are made. I believe that I possess many qualities that make a great leader and Vice President. I am hard working, which will ensure that I will get tasks done. Additionally, I am personable, which will allow me to connect with our entire student body, and will help to make our high school experiences as enjoyable as possible.
I am running for Vice President of the class of 2014. My job will be to listen and to be your advocate. I am a leader who is determined, strong and willing to do what it takes to make our freshman year great. I know what every one of you is going through. I understand how busy schedules can be and how challenging classes can get. I will bring all our ideas to student council meetings with that in mind. I will make a difference by listening to you. I can’t wait to hear your voice when I represent you.
I am running for Student Council Vice President. I would like to tell you three reasons why I believe that I would make a responsible candidate for Vice President. First, I have been involved with Student Council throughout my Middle School career at Saint Joseph’s. Second, being on Student Council would be an opportunity for me bring up all of your ideas and thought, not my own. Finally, I believe that every single person in the class of 2014 deserves to have a say in their High School Experience and I believe I can make that happen. Thank You.
Our class of 2014 can be one of the best in Needham High School history. To become a legendary class, we need ideas, energy, strength and confidence. If elected, I will work with you and for you to build a class that works for all of us. I am determined that YOUR concerns be heard and answered. I believe that we should have FUN as a Class and be a MAJOR part of the school. Thank you and please Vote the Wright Way!
As Treasurer I would be responsible with our class’ money, and help us have more for the long run. There are things in the future that we need to save for when we are upper classmen, and there are things that we need to do now. I would use our money effectively and efficiently, so that in the long run, we will pay less, and we can have more of what we need now. But my job won’t stop with only money, I will address concerns you have about the school, and take them to the student council for discussion.
I’m running for freshman class treasurer. I’m interested in helping to raise money for our class, as well as planning events throughout the year. I am the best candidate for the job because I’m responsible, goal-oriented, and hard working. I am motivated to raise money and fulfill all of the responsibilities of being treasurer. I’m optimistic that we will have a great freshman year. If elected, I’ll make sure to voice your opinions, pay attention to your ideas, and ensure our money is spent wisely. Vote for Andrew McCormick, its common cents!
My name is Kira Oberle and I will be running for class Treasurer. I am an organized student so everything will be kept in order such as the money, receipts, cash box, etc. I am also a very approachable person. If anyone has a problem or idea on fundraising or the school I will listen to what they have to say and make sure their voice is heard. I hope you vote for me!
I, Shoshana (Shoshi) Freeman am running for freshman secretary in the 2010 Needham High School elections. I will be a very organized and responsible student council member. Elections are September 28, 2010. I hope to have your vote. Thank you, and remember Shosh for Frosh Secretary!
I, Lainey Segel, promise to be an organized, effective and caring secretary. I will be dedicated and listen to all of your suggestions and recommendations thoughtfully, and will encourage you to give them. We have a great grade and I would love to represent it in Student Council. Please vote for me! Thanks
Please vote for me because I will try to voice everybody ideas into the Student Government. I want to make our freshman year the best we possibly can!
I’m hardworking, and take my responsibilities seriously. I’ll attend student council meetings regularly to share my ideas and the great ideas from you. I will work to make NHS a better community in which to live and learn. Through the democratic process, I would like to help make decisions for our class and the school. When it’s time to vote, I hope your decision is made based on which candidate will work hardest to make our experience at NHS the very best it can be. Thank you, and remember that the power is in your hands. Every vote counts.
My name is Matthew Tse. I am a hardworking, responsible student, and I hope to be one of several class representatives. By taking this position I understand that I will be the voice of many students outside the student council, to inside the student council. I wish good luck to anybody else running for a position, and that as a grade we all agree on who gets elected for any position.