Candidates

Presiding Officer Candidates

Schools must be affiliated Student Ys to have students run as Candidates. Schools must affiliate each year by submitting the Student Y Affiliation Form.

  • Candidates do not run for specific positions. All candidates are running for Presiding Officer. The general election results determine which Presiding Officer position a candidate receives (see chart below).
  • Candidates are not part of any program area. They are given special placards and name tags allowing them to speak in all Committees and House/Senate Chambers to ensure they are visible to all potential voters.
  • Schools develop their own process to determine who they select as their Candidates, usually elections if there are multiple interested students.
  • Any student chosen to serve as a KYA Presiding Officer cannot run as a Candidate at KUNA or serve as a KUNA Presiding Officer.

 

High School KYA Candidates

High School Student Ys can have two (2) Presiding Officer Candidates:

(1) 11th Grade Commonwealth Candidate
Positions by Election Results*:

Governor
Speaker of the Commonwealth House
President of the Commonwealth Senate
Secretary of State

(1) 9th Grade Bluegrass Candidate
Positions by Election Results*:

Lt. Governor
Speaker of the Bluegrass House
President of the Bluegrass Senate

*Note: Candidates are asked to indicate their order of preference for each position on the Candidate Declaration Form. Preference is given based on election results.

 

Middle School KYA Candidates

Middle School Student Ys can have one (1) Presiding Officer Candidate:

(1) 8th Grade Candidate
Positions by Election Results*:

Governor
Speaker of the Commonwealth House
President of the Commonwealth Senate

*Note: Candidates are asked to indicate their order of preference for each position on the Candidate Declaration Form. Preference is given based on election results.

 

Candidate Requirements

In addition to the requirements listed below, make sure your Advisor lists you as a Candidate on your school’s KYA Registration Form before it is submitted.

As a Presiding Officer Candidate, I agree to the following requirements:

  • Print the Presiding Officer Commitment Form (PDF), have it signed by your Advisor & Parent/Guardian, and bring it to the required Candidates Meeting on Day 1 of KYA along with a copy of your Candidate Speech for Y Staff to review.
  • Review and adhere to all rules and procedures on the Campaigns & Elections page. I understand that my or my delegation’s failure to conduct my campaign in an appropriate manner will result in my disqualification as a candidate
  • Organize at least 1 Student Y Service Project and report it on MobileServe: 
    • Download MobileServe if you already haven’t!
    • Click on Settings (the Gear Icon)
    • Under “Join Organization,” enter the code AB3192. This will add you as a candidate – it does not remove you from your other organization like your Student Y Chapter.
    • This project must be completed prior to KYA.
  • I have attended at least 3 assemblies (KYA/KUNA) including 1 KYA if I am a High School Candidate, and at least 2 assemblies (KYA/KUNA) including 1 KYA if I am a Middle School Candidate.
  • I understand that if elected as a KYA Presiding Officer, I will not be eligible to serve as a KUNA Presiding Officer.
  • I am in good standing with my Student YMCA Chapter as determined by my Advisor, in good standing with my school as determined by my principal and administration, and have at least a “C” GPA (or equivalent).