Class president

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A class president, also known as a class representative, is usually the leader of a student body class, and presides over its class cabinet or organization within a student council. In a grade school, class presidents are generally elected by the class, a constituency composed of all students in a grade level.

The practice of electing a class president is common in many countries around the world.

While a class president is similar to a student government president in certain ways, the main difference between the two positions is that a class president usually only represents a specific grade within the school while the student government president represents the school's entire student body (for which reason they are sometimes called "student body president" or "school president"). Studies have shown that co-ed schools are more likely to have male students as class presidents than female students.[1]

Duties and term[edit]

The primary duties of the class president usually include working with students to resolve problems, and informing school leaders and the student council of ideas emanating from the class. The president also has the responsibility of leading class cabinet meetings and organizing student activities and events. The term of office for a class president is one year in most schools. The student holding the office usually has the option of running again for the coming year. Also, the class president in some schools is in charge of building funds for the class to use for activities, such as prom.[2] Students in this position are also often looked to as token student voice representatives.[3] Most importantly, create a relationship with the student body and council.

Senior-class president[edit]

In some schools, there is a senior-class president. The senior-class president is elected by popular vote and serves as the leader of the senior class in a high school or college. They are sometimes responsible for planning some of the events surrounding [graduation]. A class president will also develop leadership skills considering the daily task being given to them by the teachers and other persons. Standing in this position will emboss them as a yearning individual as well as a more prominent and knowledgeable person over time. They can conduct the rules inside the class they are in and serve as the top eye of their fellow classmates to initiate an excellent environment throughout the year.

Popular culture references[edit]

The stereotype of the class president has been typecast in books,[4][5] movies and television. Typical storylines sometimes contain a nerd or underdog claiming the title from a more popular student. The stereotype has also been used as a political allegory since the early 20th century,[6] describing everyone from the president of the United States to roles for African-American women in the U.S. Congress.[7]

Fictional characters in the role of class president have included:

List of well-known class presidents[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Langum, D.J. and Walthall, H.P. (1997) From Maverick to Mainstream: Cumberland School of Law, 1847-1997. University of Georgia Press.
  3. ^ (2004) Letters to the Next President: What We Can Do About the Real Crisis in Public Education. Teachers College Press. p. 247.
  4. ^ Hurwitz, J. (1990) Class President. HarperCollins.
  5. ^ Sachar, L. (1999) Marvin Redpost: Class President. Random House.
  6. ^ Alger, George W. (1908-10-01). "Taft and Labor". McClure's Magazine. p. 602. Retrieved 2018-06-12.
  7. ^ McCain Gill, L. (1997) African American Women in Congress: Forming and Transforming History. Rutgers University Press. p 97.
  8. ^ Knight, L.W. (2005) Citizen: Jane Addams and the Struggle for Democracy. University of Chicago Press. p 439.
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  10. ^ Troy H. Middleton: A biography. LSU Press. p 1974.
  11. ^ Degregorio, W.A. (2004) The Complete Book of U.S. Presidents. Barnes & Noble Books. p 583.
  12. ^ Ronald Reagan biography at
  13. ^ Degregorio, W.A. (2004) The Complete Book of U.S. Presidents. Barnes & Noble Books. p 668.
  14. ^ Degregorio, W.A. (2004) The Complete Book of U.S. Presidents. Barnes & Noble Books. p 707.
  15. ^ Newman, Meredith. "How Joe Biden went from 'Stutterhead' to senior class president". The News Journal. Retrieved 2021-05-01.

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