After claiming victory in a competition sanctioned by the office of Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell and the Utah Council of Student Body Presidents, SLCC was awarded “Utah’s Election Campus Cup” on Wednesday, Feb. 13.
SLCC registered more than 1,364 people to vote in the 2012 political season, more than any other school in the state of Utah; beating out Utah Valley University, the University of Utah and others.
“It really shows the overall attitude of the students” said SLCC student body president Aaron Starks, “It shows the direction and the leadership that our student leaders have at the school, and that is to promote civic engagement.”
In the inaugural ceremony, Starks spoke of the success the SLCC student body had in obtaining the award. He then introduced Lt. Governor Bell, who took the stage to present the coveted prize.
Speaking congratulatory words of praise to the pride-filled crowd; the Lt. Governor also spoke about the crucial importance of engaging in the individual right to vote.
He spoke about the 2000 race between George W. Bush and Al Gore which he says was ultimately decided by 529 votes; something Lt Gov. Bell believes is reason enough to cast a ballot.
The ceremony concluded with a photo opportunity where everyone in attendance gathered around the shiny new prize for a victorious group picture.
SLCC will hold the title and trophy for the next two years, at which time the school will work to defend the coveted award.
The trophy will be on display by the entrance of the SLCC Bookstore on the Taylorsville Redwood Campus.