UNION, NJ – Kawameeh Middle School students are out of school, already enjoying the beginning of their summer vacations.  But, their Student Council Executive Board is set and ready to go when school begins again in September.

Last week, for the first time ever, students participated in the Student Council election process using actual Union County voting machines.  Students were able to use the new ExpressVote XL Voting Machines, which were just rolled out for voters in Union for the first time during the recent June primary.

“It’s great that our students have an opportunity to experience an actual election-type setting,” said Kawameeh Middle School Principal Jason Malanda.

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Student Council advisors Alyssa Melillo and Chirstina Neas arranged with the Union County Board of Elections to have the voting machines available for the Kawameeh student election. 

“It was cool because these are the same machines the adults use to vote,” said Gayatri, 13, of voting with the electronic machines. 

Running for the 2019-2020 Student Council positions of President and Vice President were:

President:  Jasline Hernandez, Tommy Matthews, Christian Mitchell, Hamza Sheikh and Janina Walburg.

Vice President:  William Bevensee, Jason Cespedes, Kate Sousa and Gianna Perez.

Winning the 2019-2020 election were:

  • Hamza Sheikh, President
  • Kate Sousa, Vice President
  • The other candidates will serve on the Executive Board.

The 2018-2019 Student Council members were: Mustafa Oudeh (President), Kimberly Moreira (Vice President), Linda Williams, Morgan Frazier, Tamia Sangalang, Michael DaSilva, Layla Soares, Antonio Malang, Julian Buitrago, Faith Cardillo, Sofia Figueroa and Kaitlyn Pello.

“It was hard, but fun,” said Oudeh of his year as Student Council President.  “I enjoyed the fundraising and speaking with the sixth- and seventh-graders and especially helping the kids who were running for next years’ offices.”