In my day, candidates for the homecoming court would simply be nominated and photographed. There was some low budget campaigning, but a nominee’s reputation and popularity would usually speak for itself in the voting booth.
By contrast, EXCEL’s aspiring royalty had to address an auditorium filled with their peers about their school involvement, leadership qualities and ideas for improving the school (The vague, appealing quality of some of the pitches — such as “changing the rules” — calls to mind the rhetoric of the presidential candidates).
Somehow, they made it through their speeches despite running commentary and, occasionally, outright booing from the peanut gallery — most likely, from the friends of the competition.
Running for a real political office, years down the road, might seem like a breeze in comparison.
Image from Skibriye’s Web site at flickr.com