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How To Win a High School Election : Advice and Ideas from Over 1,000 High School Seniors Paperback – June 15, 1999

4.2 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 9 Up-A solid and entertaining offering. In a natural, unaffected tone, Marx identifies those qualities most likely to lead to success in a school election. They include being sincere, talking (and listening) to people, and making a great speech (short, funny, and well prepared). There is no vague, starry-eyed advice here; this is a real primer in practical politics. The author readily admits, for instance, that most students are apathetic about elections and he tells candidates how to turn this fact to their advantage. Much of the text consists of direct quotes from students and they may be the most useful part of the book-certainly they are the most amusing. Well organized enough so that readers can pick and choose sections to use, this is an accessible book for anyone interested in running for a school office.
Richard Luzer, Fair Haven Union High School, VT
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Marx surveyed literally thousands of students around the country (and also acquired a few responses from European ones), then compiled the advice verbatim to help readers learn effective campaign strategies and avoid mistakes when running for school office. Threaded throughout the single-paragraph excerpts is the affirming message that anyone, even the most unlikely candidate, can win with the right effort and attitude. Marx's introduction, which offers an entertaining rationale for writing the book, flows with the same inviting, conversational language as the back-to-back student comments that comprise the bulk of the text. With useful suggestions on everything from writing memorable speeches to garnering support from unusual sources, this provides much for interested students, especially those intimidated by or hesitant about getting involved. Roger Leslie
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Jeff Marx; 1 edition (June 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966782402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966782400
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,294,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In high school, my feeling was always that elections were popularity contests and that I wouldn't stand a chance, even though I was a lot more qualified than the people who did win. As we find out from Jeff Marx's HOW TO WIN A HIGH SCHOOL ELECTION, victory is within reach for anyone with the courage and the dedication to try.
With common sense tips and loads of great anecdotes supplied by (who else?) thousands of teenagers across America, Marx takes the reader, step by step, through the process of running and winning a great campaign. He reveals winning strategies for how to deal with the competition, with the voters, and with the faculty of the school.
I won't give any of his advice away. Read the book for yourself, or give it to your favorite teenager -- it's a must.
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I'm not a jock, cheerleader, or very popular for that matter of fact, but with this book I went on to win the position of vice-president in my Junior class. I was stumped at first. I had no clue what i was going to do for a speech nevermind campaigning. When i read this book, the ideas in the book were great. Not only that, but they gave me even more ideas. I won the election by a landslide and i recommend it to anyone who feels stumped or that they do not stand a chance.
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Reading this book is a great way in seeing how, in ways that you might win a school election. It has many opinions of likes and dislikes, how a person chooses his/her elective; in speech, making your name stand out, etc. Many people might think it's popularity that is a must for a person to win, but hey, that's not the deal...so, for your next school election...read this book beforehand in making up your ideas ointo "trying" to win!
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This book tells you what has worked and what has not. Jeff Marx polled student body officers to find how they won their positions. Then he categorized the stories into this helpful guide. This book will not just help you win the election; it will help you win friends. Elections are popularity contests.
Need Jeff's help in a hurry? Amazon ships in 24 hours; specify overnight shipping and you can have it in two days.
As the author of 113 books (including revisions and foreign-language editions) and over 500 magazine articles, I am very impressed with the way Jeff wrote and published this valuable book. END
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I have read some of the reviews on this website that really downgrade this book, but I don't understand how anyone could have given this book less than a 4 or 5. This book helped me out soooooo much during my elections, and I won both times. It's not about copying the ideas in the book and trying to make them work at your school, it's about taking that advice and molding it into your own ideas and thoughts on posters, speeches, and campaign trends. Believe me, this book is not like one of those "Learn Egyptian in 5 Days!" kind of books, it REALLY helps you out if you are even having the slightest notion of wanting to become an officer at your school. So, I DEFINITELY think that this book is a MUST for ANYONE thinking about running for office.
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By A Customer on June 9, 2000
You may be wondering if this book is worth your money. Well last year I bought this book when I was running for Student Council President. I had some really tough competition (on top of being the only girl) but with the great ideas and positive outlook I got from this book I won the presidency! I was so happy I personally contacted the author (Jeff Marx) to thank him! And, on top of that, I have been re-elected as President for the next year! Get the book, it helps, really it does! (Jeff, sorry it took so long to write this! I switched e-mail accounts!)
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If you've ever wanted to be a student leader this book is essential not only for motivation but also for great little ideas you might not think up on your own. This book is not only clear and organized it is helpful beyond words. Since it was written with real advice from real student leaders it is completely true and very useful. The advice and stories included in this book helped me decide to run and eventually win my high school election. Now I'm the Junior Class President.
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By A Customer on August 10, 1999
This book gives you great ideas, you just have to show up at your school and do the campaining. Almost kind of like a manual instruction for a shelf. But it doesn't gaurantee that you'll win.
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