If you are running for class president, you will need to write a speech to present to the student body. There will probably be several candidates, so you will want your speech to be unique and different. How do you figure out what to say in a class president speech? How should you organize it? How long should it be? Some of these questions will be answered by your principal or the student council sponsor, but there are some general tips that will also help you to write your class president speech.

Start with a thank you. You will want to thank the student body, the principal, the faculty, your fellow candidates and any other guests who may be present before you begin your actual speech. Thank them for allowing you to share your views and for having the election.

Tell a joke or story or present a quote to introduce your speech. You want to catch people's attention and show that your speech is not going to just be another boring, regular speech. Try to pick a story or quote that captures the spirit of your campaign (see the Resources section).

Introduce problems that you know are on the minds of the student body. What are the changes that your fellow classmates want to see in your school? The body of your class president speech should focus on these issues. For example, do students want juice machines available in between classes? Are students interested in organizing an after-school intramural league? Whatever the issues are that students are focused on should be presented in your speech for class president.

Offer solutions to the problems. Be careful--you do not want to make a bunch of empty promises. For example, if students want 10 minutes between classes, but they don't want to extend the school day, can you really do this? Probably not. If problems exist that you have no answer or solution for, you may not want to list them in your speech. You could also make a statement that says you are aware of these special problems, and you will brainstorm solutions or work toward a compromise with involved parties, but you can't promise results at this time. It is better to be honest than to promise things you can't fulfill.

State your activities throughout the speech. You do not want to bore students with a long list of all your accomplishments and activities, but you do want to work them into your speech. For example, if you have played varsity basketball for three years, you could say something like, "Since I have played basketball during high school, I know how to work as a team. I want to put a team of students together to work on a recycling program in our school cafeteria." Just make sure to be yourself and be honest during your class president speech, and you won't go wrong.