MLK Day is Inauguration Day

Hancock student president sworn in

Graham Jaehnig/Daily Mining Gazette Hancock Principal Ezekiel Ohan (standing) introduced state Rep. Greg Markkanen, second from right, and Michigan Technological University professor Kamara Taylor (right) at the high school student body president inauguration on Monday. Markkanen swore in the president-elect and presidential cabinet members. Taylor then delivered a talk on public service from the viewpoint of Martin Luther King.

HANCOCK — The high school student body has a new president, Canden Kyro, who was inaugurated Monday by 110th District state Rep. Greg Markkanen. Markkanen also took time to swear in the presidential cabinet, consisting of a vice president, a secretary of state and a treasurer.

The program began with principal Ezekiel Ohan congratulating the students for the seriousness with which they approached the elections.

“Let’s take a few moments to appreciate this gathering,” Ohan said. “We have students in our classrooms, in our state, nation (and in) a lot of school districts that may not offer a student voice with such acknowledgement. Let’s all be thankful that we share these rich moments with each other, and this offer is to the next year, and the next year, to the next graduating class, setting the standard now, moving forward.”

Ohan introduced Markkanen and professor Kamara Taylor of Michigan Technological University’s College of Science and Arts.

In his remarks, Markkanen used President John F. Kennedy as an example of someone who cherished the concept of public service,

“A former president once said at his inaugural speech: ‘Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country,'” Markkanen said. “That was our former president, John F. Kennedy, who was not stranger to public service.”

Markkanen issued a challenge to the student body which he said was the foundation of the democratic debating process.

“I challenge today the student body at this historic moment, to communicate with your Student Council,” Markkanen said. “That’s a responsibility that both of you share together, because the student body, the student president and this student cabinet cannot function unless they get communication from you, feedback from you, the student body. It works both ways.”

The Student Council needs the communication of the student body in order to properly represent them before staff meetings and before School Board meetings, he said.

“That’s how the system works,” said Markkanen. “That’s how the democratic debate gets stronger, and stronger and stronger. This is a critical point of communication.”