What makes a Hancock Bulldog? Presidential candidates give their intentions

Graham Jaehnig/Daily Mining Gazette The Hancock High School Student Council presidential debate took place Monday. Left to right are candidates Jaron Hembroff, Colton Salani, Elizabeth Bradway, and Michael Lancour.

HANCOCK — The Hancock High School student presidential debate took place yesterday, moderated by state representative Scott Dianda (D) of Calumet, representing the 110th District. Four candidates spoke in total; one candidate representing each grade.

The candidates were freshman Jaron Hembroff, Colton Salani, a sophomore, Elizabeth Bradway, a junior, and Michael Lancour, representing the senior class.

Each candidate was asked the same general questions, for which each was given one minute to answer. Questions brought a wide range of responses, including everything from hats being worn in school to the conditions of the restrooms and water fountains.

Judging by audience response to questions asked of candidates, the two most important issues brought up during the debate were bullying and lunch portions served in the school cafeteria. When the question of what each candidate would do to stop or decrease bullying, the question struck a nerve with many students in the audience, who gave a very low “whoa” when the question was read.

“I don’t think this is a necessarily a question that falls on the class president,” Lancour replied. “it falls on everyone. I know that there is a lot of bullying that goes on. Sometimes you can’t really stop it, it goes on behind closed doors.”

Lancour said everyone knows who bullies people around the school, and excluding the bullies from having groups of friends, could be a good way of stopping bullying. Bradway said she agreed with Lancour.

“It isn’t just our problem,” she said, “it’s the school’s problem as well, and to help stop it, we should all just realize that if it’s taking place, stop it, and not just as individuals.”

Sophomore Salani replied that any student who is being bullied or threatened should voice a complaint.

“One of the things that I think should be done about bullying,” Salani said, “is to reinforce the fact that students who are being bullied or threatened should come forward and have an open discussion about what’s going on, how they’re being bullied, and have some sort of extracurricular activity after school, outside of school, such as a support group. If you have problems, and we can resolve them, we can find out what to do about it.”

Lunch portions were also discussed. When asked what goals each candidate would set to address, among the three he discussed, Lancour brought up food.

“I would work to change the lunch program,” he said, “to make the lunch portions served to high school students larger.”

The topic was discussed again when the candidates were asked what the biggest issue is they would work on if elected president.

“The single biggest issue would be lunches, the portions,” Salani said. “One piece of pizza and a side salad is not enough to feed our athletes and any of our kids. They just don’t get fed enough. I know my little sister, she’s not full after she eats one piece of pizza.”

Hembroff, Freshman candidate, agreed with Salani, saying that paying $2.75 for a second piece of pizza was unreasonable.