By Marc Yanofsky
Speculation regarding the election of homecoming candidates at Bonita Vista High Schools 50th Homecoming can be heard as students shuffle through the hallways, moments after the Homecoming court is revealed. Weeks before, clubs conducted votes to decide the 2015 court. Seven out of the ten students on court were ASB members.
“Students need to understand that they voted themselves for the top candidates. Clubs voted for their person and just because the student is in ASB does not mean that theyre a cheater. The top students are always in ASB, the popular ones are always in ASB. They make it, and their peers vote for them, and when it comes to voting time, they call it corruption because the person they voted for is [in ASB],” Assistant Principal of School Activities Christopher Alvarez said.
Year after year, students make allegations regarding the legitimacy of Homecoming voting results. ASB students are commonly elected to be in the court causing recurring rumors.
“In ASB, we know everyones going to talk. Everyone is always going to have something negative to say, but as a family, it is our job that everyone is in agreement with who we are and we know were not corrupt, so we don’t have anything to worry about or stress about. That’s the least of our worries,” senior and ASB President Alex Huerta said.
The court was composed of ASB members, cheerleaders, and football players including Homecoming King and Queen, cheerleader Rosalee Espiritu and tech commissioner Todd Struiksma, both ASB members. The ASB goes through a strict process when counting votes for Homecoming to ensure fairness. Only Club Commissioners and juniors are allowed to count votes under the supervision of Alvarez in the initial stages.
“I’m the one who counts them, me and another teacher. No one else in the ASB is allowed to count the [final] votes,” Alvarez said.
The ASBs ethics keep the ASB from being corrupt, according to Alvarez. ASB members represent the student body and are the leaders of the school; therefore, they receive more votes.
“I feel like a high school court doesnt define who you are. It definitely speaks highly of you but it doesn’t define you as a person. So no, its not rigged, its just a lot of people in ASB are involved, they do more than one thing, and obviously they’re out there, so a lot of people know them,” Huerta said.