Class of 2022 and SGA election results
Hunter Lyle – Reporter
After four days of prepping, promoting, and voting, the Student Government Association (SGA) election results are in. In total, 278 students voted, all of which could have voted for up to seven candidates.
The elections, which were open from Oct. 1-5 were advertised on campus, as well as on social media. Elections featured races for the Class of 2022’s president, vice president, and the representative- at-large positions. Elections were also held for seven of the SGA’s representatives-at- large, a year-long term.
Sarah Gossman won the election for Class of 2022 President. Gossman was running against five of her fellow classmates but was able to come out with the win in the end. Timera Hawthorne ran unopposed for the position of Class of 2022 vice president, and Wendy Ann Santillan won the seat of Class of 2022 representative at large, also running unopposed.
“We have elections every fall, mostly with the goal of getting freshmen involved,” said Mia Forgione, vice president of SGA, “and then again in the spring.”
The more competitive race turned out to be the SGA’s representative- at-large election, which featured 14 candidates with only seven open seats. Marjae Jackson, Sarah Gossman, Jaquan Nelson, Shamariah Grant, Lupita Barajas, Ellie Rowe, and Katia Bagwell were all elected and will serve as representatives-at-large for one year.
“I was kind of nervous running for SGA,” said junior, and newly elected Representative-at-Large Katia Bagwell. “Throughout high school, SGA was something much larger than the student population itself,” said Bagwell, “so trying to run for a position within a university was definitely more nerve racking then I thought it would be.”
As an SGA Representative-at- Large, Bagwell, and her six other colleagues, will be part of a larger group of students which get to vote on issues concerning the student’s needs or wants on campus.
“The elections were through Owl Connect, so all the voting takes place online,” said Forgione. “Hopefully everyone had access to that because it’s through their own computer, whenever they want to.”
Newly elected members were inducted into the SGA at their meeting on Oct. 12.
Photo Credit: Victoria Bresnahan