Student Council Speeches -
A template to create your winning 'vote for me' speech
Student Council Speeches mark the end of your election campaign.
Will you be successful?
The final answer is in the hands of your peers. It's their decision but up until they mark their voting papers 'yes' or 'no' you have the potential to make their choice of candidate 'you'.
Understanding your speech purpose
Understanding the nature or purpose of your speech could make all the difference between winning and losing.
Student Council speeches are persuasive speeches. Their ultimate goal is to get the 'yes' vote. To help you achieve that use the template below to cover all the essential elements.
Student Council Speeches Template
Attention Getter - the hook. A statement or rhetorical question to sit your audience up with open ears and mind
- Who you are - your name, your place or grade in the school
- What you want - the role you are campaigning for: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Historian...
- What you are going to do for the audience - benefits to them in exchange for their vote
(Brief summary -you will expand this in the body of your speech.)
- Credibility - your qualification or expertise establishing your fitness for the role you want
(Brief summary - you will expand this in the body of your speech.)
- Transition leading to ...
- Your Main Idea 1 - Your goal for the role, what you want to achieve, how you plan to do it, the benefits to the audience, your fitness for the job, transition to...
- Main Idea 2 - Supporting ideas - details and examples - transition to...
- Main Idea 3 - Supporting ideas - details and examples - transition to...
NB. Only include a second and third idea if you have time to expand on them. If not, move through to the conclusion.
- Summary of main idea(s)
- Re-statement of what you want - to be elected to the role you're running for
- Re-statement of the benefits to the audience
- Closer, clincher, call for action
Timing and word count
Student Council Speeches are generally brief - around 1-2 minutes long. That's between 150 - 260 words at an average speaking rate of 130 words per minute.
To be safe say your speech out loud and time it!
Points to consider BEFORE you write:
Research the role
Know the scope of the position you're campaigning for
What tasks are you expected to fulfill?
What qualities are you expected to show?
Who are you speaking to?
What are their concerns?
What do they want from you?
What tone or choice of vocabulary is best suited to them?
Avoid trying to impress with either 'big' words or use of slang. Both are traps! Be yourself.
What 'hook' will you use to get them to listen? Humor?
Humor is good if it is relevant and inclusive rather than exclusive (no 'in' jokes!).
Your goal in the role you want
What exactly do you want to achieve?
Is it possible?
Do you have a plan?
Avoid setting up expectations that you will deliver beyond your capability. Keep it real!
Your credibility or qualifications
What makes you fit for the role? Your previous experience? Your personal characteristics?
Now is not the time either to be shy or arrogantly big-headed! Let the audience know how fitting you are for the role you want.
Your school's requirements
Many schools require speeches to be submitted to staff before they are delivered.
If your speech does not meet pre- established criteria in any way you may find it is returned to you edited.
It's safer to find out what those criteria are BEFORE writing to avoid having to re-write or worse, being disqualified entirely.
You are competing against your peers but do so in way that reflects how you would want to be treated.
Mockery and personal insults are not clever. They cheapen you; letting your audience know you're not to be trusted and neither are you ready for leadership.
Readily acknowledging the skill and expertise of your fellow candidates sincerely in a way that doesn't demean yourself shows an open mind and maturity.
Tips for writing your speech
Brainstorm your ideas first
Start with noting ideas for the body of your speech as this is the most important part before going on to the introduction and the conclusion.
- Include your campaign slogan in your opening and conclusion
- Keep your style conversational rather than overly formal
- Use smaller rather than large sentences
- Use active rather than passive words. These convey enthusiasm.
Check this page on using action verbs . You'll discover how to go from boring bla bla bland to dynamic excitement.
- Lead with your strongest idea first.
Give specific examples to illustrate it where possible.
- Eliminate 'weasel' words or padding that add nothing to your presentation
- Aim to have your speech ready BEFORE the deadline.
Give yourself time to prepare thoroughly, including a review of your opponents' campaigns.
Points to consider AFTER you have written your student council speech
Rehearse your speech
The more you rehearse the easier it will be deliver it well.
Remember it is only 1 to 2 minutes long!
In that time your goal is to have your audience ready to vote for you.
You can help them make that decision by being confident which you will show through:
- your speaking style - natural, sincere, fluent, understandable (clear and able to be heard without straining)
- your body language - relaxed, open gestures, good eye contact and smiling
- your personal grooming or presentation - how you look 'speaks' too.
Make sure that your clothing and general grooming supports your speech for like it or not, you will be judged on both!
A word of warning
Elections can be very unpredictable! You may have written and delivered a superb speech. You may even be the best candidate, but nevertheless you need to understand that you might lose. Be prepared to lose graciously and to sincerely congratulate the winner.
PS. Panic not
If you find yourself getting anxious over the thought of delivering your speech, please check these pages for help.
Serving on your school's student council gives you a say in student activities and a voice with the school administration. It also looks good on college applications. However, to make it onto the student council, you'll first need to give a speech and gather votes from the other students.
Use these suggestions to help you craft a speech they'll never forget. It's important that you make sure your speech suits your school and position.
Open With a Humorous Story
Many of you probably know me best for tripping over my feet and falling face first off the stage during prom. Once I got over that embarrassment, I decided I could face you here today.
What I've Done Already
From the first day I arrived at Sample High School, I knew I wanted to become more involved. From serving on the school newspaper as the Features Editor to helping plan prom last year, I consistently spend time in leadership roles and try to make this school an even better place than it already is.
Many of you probably know me from my work with Key Club and the volunteer time I've spent at Sunnyvale Nursing Home and cleaning up our community park.
Running for the Role of _______
It probably won't surprise you that I have decided to run for student council for the role of ___________. As student council _________ (role), I will strive to continue to make improvements in the school for every student here at Sample High.
I Understand and Can Do the Job
The student council works side-by-side with the student body and the administration to ensure student events throughout the year are successful. As _______, I will ensure that you have a memorable year.
Please Vote for Me
Today, I am asking for your vote for _______. Should you elect me, I will listen to your concerns and work hard for you. Thank you.
Make the Opening Stand Out
Hello, my name is John Doe and I'm a junior. I'm not the type of student who will lead a senior prank or skip class with you, but that probably isn't what you want in a class president anyway. What I do offer is steadfastness, hard work and the ability to work with others even during difficult circumstances while still keeping a sense of humor.
Last year, when the cafeteria stopped serving the salad bar, I was able to get it reinstated by starting a petition, having many of you sign it and taking it to Principal Smith. Because we worked together, we were able to bring the salad bar back, and now it's better than ever.
During the last three years at Sample High School, I've been involved in many activities. I've played basketball, spent a short time in the school band, worked on various committees and helped tutor students after school. Last year, I was adopted into the National Honor Society and started an after school club for airplane enthusiasts that meets once a week.
What I'll Do for You
As your student council president, I vow to end all homework. Just kidding. I can't do that, but what I can do is be your voice with the school administration and work to make this the best year Sample High has ever had. I will introduce ideas for events, such as a weekly sock hop after high school basketball games and we'll work together to help the community through volunteer work and showing them just how dedicated the students at Williams are.
Ask for the Vote
I would appreciate your vote for president. If elected, I will continue to fight for the things that are important to students, no matter how big or small they might be. Let's work together to make our stamp on this community and on the world.
Vice President Speech
Instead of starting with my name and what I'm running for, at which point you'll tune me out and start looking at the smudge on your left shoe, I am going to tell you my favorite memory so far from high school. My first day at Sample High School, I had no idea how to get to my classes. This school is big, and I was lost.
On top of that, I was rushing around trying to find my class and tripped and fell flat on the floor in front of the cutest guy I'd ever seen. Not only was he nice enough to help me up, but several other students rushed to help me, got me to my classroom and made me feel better about how goofy I was.
That was the moment I fell in love with Sample High School. We all help each other and you don't find that just anywhere.
Why I'm VP Material
One of the reasons I'm running for Vice President for the student council is because I want to give back to the high school I love so much. I want to be that friendly face for new students coming in and a defender for students already here.
During the last two years, I've prepared myself to serve as Vice President by taking on extra work organizing a fan club for our football players to cheer them on when they play at home and make sure our school is represented in the stands at every away game. I've spent time as an office aid, learning about the everyday running of the school and silently taking notes on what we as students can do to improve things and how we can work with the administration.
What I'll Do as Vice President
As your Vice President, I will stand beside your president, offering support and stepping in when she is not able to be here or asks for some extra help. I'll sit on the student council and get actively involved in planning prom, graduation and homecoming. I will always be here to listen to your concerns or to help you off the floor should you fall flat on your face like I did.
Ask for Their Vote
I am asking for your vote for VP of the student council. I love this school, I want to be helpful and I want us all to build memories we'll remember and treasure forever. Now, if I can just get off this stage without falling on my face, I'll be in good shape.
Today, I want to tell you something about me that you might not know. From the time I was five years old, I've been taking guitar lessons. I don't play in a band and I don't take music classes at school, but every night when I get home, I pick up my Fender and I relieve any stress from the day by playing a few of my favorite classic rock songs.
Why You Should Elect Me
Learning to play a musical instrument takes a lot of time and stubbornness. There are times when I just wanted to quit because my fingers were raw from trying to learn a new chord or that song just didn't sound right. However, I stuck with it until I overcame the challenge and that is exactly what I'll do as your secretary. If there is an issue that needs to be solved, I won't quit until we figure out a solution. I will bring your concerns to the other council members and like learning a new chord, I will stick with that concern until we figure it out.
Ask for the Vote
I would like your vote for secretary of the student council. You never know, I may even bring my guitar to a student council meeting or two and just set it by my side as a reminder of why we need to work hard to achieve worthwhile things.
Beginning of Speech
Hello fellow students and staff,
I don't like to brag, but I'm really good at math. I know, all of you who are really good at English hate me right now. However, if it makes you feel any better, English is really hard.
The student council treasurer is in charge of keeping track of money and numbers, so this role is a perfect fit for me and I've decided to run for the position.
What I've Done
I've been a member of Jackson High's Mathletes for the last two years. In case you're not familiar with this group, we are a group of students who love math and go out and compete in events. We've won state twice in the last three years.
I also am a member of the orchestra. We perform throughout the school year and at school basketball games.
Ask for the Vote
The student council treasurer has to be good at math to keep track of all those numbers. Vote for me and I'll make sure our numbers add up. I'll also have fun doing it because I'm just crazy enough to love numbers.
Pulling from Different Samples
Another thing you can do is to pull the elements you most like from a number of different speeches. Perhaps you like the opening of one speech and the ending of another, for example. Below are some additional sample speeches to add to the selection of speeches above.
Below is an example of a funny student council speech. The young lady, Daisy Thomas, doesn't mind poking fun at her school or herself, but it's all good-natured and you can tell she cares about her school. It's a short speech but follows the format of who she is, what she's running for, what she believes in, what she will do for the school and asking for her fellow students' votes.
Making Your Speech Stand Out
While there are certain traits and promises the student body expects from every candidate's speech, they want to choose one person who stands out from the crowd. Make your speech the most memorable one in the room with these tricks and tips.
- Grab a thesaurus and look for synonyms of common words used to describe the position you're running for. When all the other secretarial candidates talk about their attention to detail, you can use words like meticulous or assiduous to sound different.
- Include visuals like props, a themed outfit, or specific hand gestures to give your speech a multidimensional feel.
- Choose a speech theme to structure your presentation like a specific social media platform, a historical event, or a particular sport. Look for a theme that relates well to your desired position.
- Invent a catchphrase that captures the spirit of your speech to keep the student body talking about it all the way to the polls.
- Tailor a famous speech to make your points by changing a few choice words and keeping the most famous lines intact.
- Add sound effects, song lyrics, or music to give the speech more life.
Make It Memorable
Whether you use one of the samples listed here or write an entirely new speech, be sure to put a personal touch on the speech. By focusing on what makes you unique, your passions and your skills, you will show confidence in front of your classmates and let them see a side of you they may not have seen before. Whether you win or lose the election, you can hold your head high and know you gave the speech your best.