So, you're the new Class President... now what? The title is one thing, but actually walking the walk, is another. So what do you do to be the best Class President you can be? As a former Class President, (and a rather successful one, if I do say so myself!), I can give you a few tips of the trade:

Follow through with all the promises you made during your campaign. Remember when you told the student body you'd rally for better cafeteria lunches? Well, now you have to try to make that happen! Kiss re-election goodbye if mystery meat is still served on Friday's at the end of the year. Start petitions, talk to teachers and faculty, and make some phone calls to make all your promises a reality!

Participate-don't only delegate! No one likes an excessive delegator! You can tell people what to do, but do it with them. Don't ever think you are above work. The way you show great leadership is leading by example. These leadership tools you learn now, will help you in life after High School.

Don't let the authority get to your head! This is only High School. Hate to break it to you, but this is only a very small blip on the radar in the grand scheme of things. Do not act above anyone else, because it will come to bite you in the butt later!

Talk to everyone and be likeable. If you want people to help you, you need to have people like you. Have a good personality, and talk to everyone. Don't single out any one group of students-be nice and request help from all ages and crowds.

Promote team building. Encourage the different types of students to work together as a team for a common goal. Set goals and ideas for improvement at the beginning of the year and try to make accomplishing these goals fun. Form a committee to help you during your term as Class President, work together as a team and do not discount anyone's idea.

Fundraise, fundraise, fundraise! In order to make anything work, you need money! Get the student body involved in activities that will help you raise money for your class. Set a goal like a "class trip" at the end of the year, that will motivate people to participate in fundraising activities.