Since electing our Student Government officials on October 12th, SGA has been diligently working to increase school spirit and participation. After the student body elected 11th grade students Dedric Dowing as student body president and Joey Adams as student body vice-president, as well as two class representatives per grade, our SGA officers immediately began planning their first school event.
SGA officers planned, coordinated, and organized a Mock Presidential Election on Election Day. From choosing among actual state measures up for election to include on the ballot, to advertising and running the election, our SGA officers helped more than 150 TMA students practice their right to vote and engage in the democratic process. Additionally, TMA students accurately predicted the outcome of the presidential election as well as Maryland Marriage Equality and Maryland Dream Act!
In the weeks since the election, SGA has been working with the school administration, Senior Class Committee, and Mentor Program to plan and execute TMA's Spirit Week and Homecoming Dance on December 7th. SGA officers helped choose the Spirit Week themed days, Homecoming dance theme, and will organize the Homecoming Court election and will help decorate the gymnasium before the dance. Additionally, SGA is teaming up with the Mentor Program to promote a TMA wide Shoebox Gift Drive benefitting So Others Might Eat (S.O.M.E.).
SGA is having a great year so far and has a full plate for the next few months. SGA is starting up the Buddy Program, a TMA mentor program which will pair freshmen with juniors and seniors with sophomores. SGA hopes to have the program up and running by January so that as many students and possible can be paired up with a classmate and begin building a new friendship.