Running For Student Council Essay For Middle School

Student Council Speech Sample



Writing a student council speech may seem daunting, but having an example to look at can really help inspire you. Use the speech on this page to help you think about what you might like to say to the students who will be voting for you.

The speech below was sent in by Stephanie who was running for student council President of her high school.

Thanks for sharing your speech, Steph, and for helping other students get an idea of what to say!


Beginning of Student Council Speech

Good afternoon, students and staff members! My name is Stephanie Keebler, and I'm running for student body president. I'll keep this quick as I'm sure you are ready to get out of here.

You might be saying to yourself, "Should Stephanie really be the student body president? After all, she's only been at our school for two years."

It's true that I am fairly new to Jefferson Anderson High School. At first glance, this may seem like a disadvantage. I didn't attend this school for my freshman and sophomore years, and I've only known most of you for a couple of years.

When you think about it though, there is actually a benefit in choosing someone who is coming into the school from somewhere else. I have new ideas that I can bring in from the school I was at before.

Are you tired of doing the same old things year after year? Are you ready to do something different?

One thing I noticed about this school when I came last year is that most of the students didn't really get to make any of the decisions here at the school. Did anyone ever ask you what you wanted to do for a fundraiser? Did anyone ever ask you what you wanted to buy with the money we raised? Who makes these decisions?

Those types of decisions are left up to student council. The person you choose to represent you as president will speak for the entire senior class. Do you want to choose someone who will make those decisions for you without knowing what you want?

If you vote for me as student council president, I promise to always get your opinions before making any decisions. You should have a say in the actions that will affect you.

Every single one of you can come to me with your ideas, and I promise to listen and speak for you.

I may not be the most well-known person running for student council president, but I promise to listen to each and every one of you.

You matter. Your opinion matters. Don't choose someone who will make all of the decisions for you. Don't vote for the person who will pick whatever their friends want them to choose.

Choose someone who wants to be your spokesperson. Choose someone who cares about what you want.

Choose me, Stephanie Keebler, for your student council president.



End of Student Council Speech

When writing a student council speech, you need to remember to research what the student body NEEDS and WANTS. You can interview students, teachers, administrators, etc. to find out what would help your school grow and develop in a positive direction, then incorporate those ideas into your presentation.

This advice is good whether you're running for student council president, treasurer or secretary. Do your due diligence and know what it is your target audience wants to hear before you write your speech!

Check out the student council speech in the video below for more ideas on how to present the best speech ever. This guy has charisma and is funny as well!




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Student Council Speeches -

A template to create your winning 'vote for me' speech

Student Council Speeches mark the end of your election campaign.

Will you be successful?

The final answer is in the hands of your peers. It's their decision but up until they mark their voting papers 'yes' or 'no' you have the potential to make their choice of candidate 'you'.

Understanding your speech purpose

Understanding the nature or purpose of your speech could make all the difference between winning and losing.

Student Council speeches are persuasive speeches. Their ultimate goal is to get the 'yes' vote. To help you achieve that use the template below to cover all the essential elements.



Student Council Speeches Template

Introduction

  1. Greeting
    Attention Getter - the hook. A statement or rhetorical question to sit your audience up with open ears and mind
  2. Who you are - your name, your place or grade in the school
  3. What you want - the role you are campaigning for: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Historian...
  4. What you are going to do for the audience - benefits to them in exchange for their vote
    (Brief summary -you will expand this in the body of your speech.)
  5. Credibility - your qualification or expertise establishing your fitness for the role you want
    (Brief summary - you will expand this in the body of your speech.)
  6. Transition leading to ...

Body

  1. Your Main Idea 1 - Your goal for the role, what you want to achieve, how you plan to do it, the benefits to the audience, your fitness for the job, transition to...
  2. Main Idea 2 - Supporting ideas - details and examples - transition to...
  3. Main Idea 3 - Supporting ideas - details and examples - transition to...

NB. Only include a second and third idea if you have time to expand on them. If not, move through to the conclusion.

Conclusion

  1. Summary of main idea(s)
  2. Re-statement of what you want - to be elected to the role you're running for
  3. Re-statement of the benefits to the audience
  4. Closer, clincher, call for action

Timing and word count

Student Council Speeches are generally brief - around 1-2 minutes long. That's between 150 - 260 words at an average speaking rate of 130 words per minute.

To be safe say your speech out loud and time it!


Points to consider BEFORE you write:


  • Research the role


    Know the scope of the position you're campaigning for
    What tasks are you expected to fulfill?
    What qualities are you expected to show?
  • Your audience


    Who are you speaking to?
    What are their concerns?
    What do they want from you?
    What tone or choice of vocabulary is best suited to them?
    Avoid trying to impress with either 'big' words or use of slang. Both are traps! Be yourself.
    What 'hook' will you use to get them to listen? Humor?
    Humor is good if it is relevant and inclusive rather than exclusive (no 'in' jokes!).
  • Your goal in the role you want


    What exactly do you want to achieve?
    Is it possible?
    Do you have a plan?
    Avoid setting up expectations that you will deliver beyond your capability. Keep it real!
  • Your credibility or qualifications


    What makes you fit for the role? Your previous experience? Your personal characteristics?
    Now is not the time either to be shy or arrogantly big-headed! Let the audience know how fitting you are for the role you want.
  • Your school's requirements


    Many schools require speeches to be submitted to staff before they are delivered.
    If your speech does not meet pre- established criteria in any way you may find it is returned to you edited.
    It's safer to find out what those criteria are BEFORE writing to avoid having to re-write or worse, being disqualified entirely.
  • Fairness


    You are competing against your peers but do so in way that reflects how you would want to be treated.
    Mockery and personal insults are not clever. They cheapen you; letting your audience know you're not to be trusted and neither are you ready for leadership.
    Readily acknowledging the skill and expertise of your fellow candidates sincerely in a way that doesn't demean yourself shows an open mind and maturity.



Tips for writing your speech

  • Brainstorm your ideas first


    Start with noting ideas for the body of your speech as this is the most important part before going on to the introduction and the conclusion.
  • Include your campaign slogan in your opening and conclusion
  • Keep your style conversational rather than overly formal
  • Use smaller rather than large sentences
  • Use active rather than passive words. These convey enthusiasm.
    Check this page on using action verbs . You'll discover how to go from boring bla bla bland to dynamic excitement.
  • Lead with your strongest idea first.
    Give specific examples to illustrate it where possible.
  • Eliminate 'weasel' words or padding that add nothing to your presentation
  • Aim to have your speech ready BEFORE the deadline.
    Give yourself time to prepare thoroughly, including a review of your opponents' campaigns.

Points to consider AFTER you have written your student council speech


Practice

Rehearse your speech
The more you rehearse the easier it will be deliver it well.

Remember it is only 1 to 2 minutes long!
In that time your goal is to have your audience ready to vote for you.

You can help them make that decision by being confident which you will show through:

  • your speaking style - natural, sincere, fluent, understandable (clear and able to be heard without straining)
  • your body language - relaxed, open gestures, good eye contact and smiling
  • your personal grooming or presentation - how you look 'speaks' too.
    Make sure that your clothing and general grooming supports your speech for like it or not, you will be judged on both!

A word of warning

Elections can be very unpredictable! You may have written and delivered a superb speech. You may even be the best candidate, but nevertheless you need to understand that you might lose. Be prepared to lose graciously and to sincerely congratulate the winner.

PS. Panic not

If you find yourself getting anxious over the thought of delivering your speech, please check these pages for help.

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