By Jackie Nelson
Hesston High has held the tradition of selecting a homecoming court, king and queen for decades.
Each year, four senior boys and four senior girls are nominated by the senior class. The student body votes on who deserves the title of King and Queen.
Sponsor and Hesston High teacher Stephanie Simpson said while the voting mechanism has changed through the years, the tradition remains.
“For numerous years, the voting was done by hand, with sponsors hand-counting each ballot. With the rise of technology, and the 1:1 devices that are in place at the High School, the utilization of Google Forms to create an online ballot, significantly streamlined the process.
“This voting system ensures that students with a current Hesston High School email address can cast one vote, which is automatically tabulated. Sponsors cross check the class list and the emails registered with each vote to ensure that all students have voted,” she said.
The new voting system streamlines the process and prevents voter fraud.
“This efficiently and accurately counts all votes, ensures that students only vote once and significantly reduces the time necessary to hand count all ballots. The form is sent out in a very secure way, is password protected and reliable,” said Simpson.
Simpson said the same process is used school-wide when students select the King and Queen.
While staff typically stay out of the nomination and selection process, they can cast ballots in the event of a tie.
“Whether during the initial nomination of the candidates or the final King and Queen voting, staff votes would be utilized to break the tie and determine a winner,” said Simpson.
Though Hesston High has never had a candidate disqualified, there are criteria for nominees.
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