Battle Hill Students Exercise Their Right to Vote with Student Council Election

 Battle Hill Student Council: (l to r) Treasurer Alex Mariano, Vice President Taylor Alston, President Rena Picciano, Secretary Caroline Laverty
Battle Hill Elementary School 2016 Student Council Candidates

UNION, NJ – The political season continued at Battle Hill School with the fourth-grader students campaigning for positions of President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer of the Student Council. 

Student Council, at the 4th grade level, is an introduction to student government, community involvement and fundraising.  

Fourth grade teachers and Student Council Advisors Alison Brehm and Jessica Mongiovi began the election campaign several weeks ago.  Candidates created flyers which were placed around the building.  Each candidate developed a speech which briefly described a fundraiser they would like to see this year at Battle Hill, which would benefit the school or an organization. 

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After the speeches concluded, each 4th grader voted for a candidate in each category.  This year, instead of using a paper and pencil ballot, Mongiovi created an online ballot on which students voted during their recess time. 

“I am so excited and honored that I won Battle Hill School President," said Student Council President Rena Picciano.  "I can’t wait to start working with the student council and the supervisors on making Battle Hill an awesome place for kids.”

This year there were 33 qualified candidates vying for four positions.

The winning candidates are:

President: Rena Picciano

Vice President: Taylor Alston

Secretary: Caroline Laverty

Treasurer: Alex Mariano


Alexander Suggs

Joshua Jensen

Etera Pendleton

Sade Williams

Alex Thampi

Kenean Nooks

Mikaela Catuncan


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