By Staff Writer Elyanna Calle
Graphics by Elyanna Calle
Few people experience the excitement and stress that stems from a political campaign, and although the ASB campaign trail is a fraction of what a national politician experiences, students at Timberline get a glimpse into the struggle. Junior Alexander Dimico ran for Public Relations officer this year and went on this roller coaster of emotions while enduring injuries, time-commitments, and ultimately a devastating loss.
Dimico moved to Timberline in his sophomore year, and many know him as a yearbook photographer, baseball player, or class clown. He likes to have fun, but he also wants to make it clear that for him this campaign is no laughing matter. “If I won, it would mean everything to me,” said Dimico.
The decision to run was not made on a whim, Dimico said he has been wanting to run for a long time. “I decided to run because I had been wanting to since I moved here, I really like leadership roles and leadership positions, but when I got here my sophomore year I couldn’t do it and I decided my junior year not to run because I hadn’t known as many people yet, so I thought that my senior year was finally my chance to be able to help out with the school,” said Dimico.
Here theBlazer follows the campaign experience for Dimico.
Four people, including Dimico, ran for the position of ASB PR. He knew that he had tough competition, and a way to set him apart were the campaign speeches recorded this day. Regarding his speech, Dimico said, “I think it went really well actually because I was the first one up so I kind of had to set the tone. Despite not having anyone in front of me and not knowing what I need to do, I think I did pretty well.” Dimico said he has plans and goals to accomplish if he were elected, he feels that school spirit is lacking and that is something that needs to improve. “I think school spirit is important because school is not always fun for everybody, and you should always have some pride and joy for where you go to school,” said Dimico.
Voting opened on April 24, and the school began to see numerous campaign posters decorating the hallways, yet Alexander’s was missing. He had planned to get a poster up by then but instead he encountered an obstacle. “At baseball practice… I bent over to grab something and [a player] hit my head with a wiffle bat. I had to go to urgent care, they said I had a concussion and then I had to go get three staples in the top of my head,” said Dimico. Despite this road block, he felt good about his chances of getting elected. “Last year it seemed like nothing more than a pipe dream, and now I have a pretty good chance of winning,” said Dimico. “But I try to keep a level head, just so that if I do lose then it doesn’t hurt as much.”
Results were announced at 1:50 PM, yet hours before that, Alexander started to feel the intensity. Throughout the school day he was preoccupied and nervous, only able to think about what name would be announced later. “I have felt nervousness in my life, but I have never felt more nervous then I do now. When I go up to bat for baseball I feel pretty nervous, ….but this, just sitting here after all the hard work and all the things that I’ve done, and just waiting for the results [makes me nervous],” said Dimico.
At 1:51, the beep of the announcement rang in the classroom, the room went silent, and Alexander immediately tuned in. He heard the words Public Relations followed by a name that is not his and he consequently walked out of the room, needing a moment to himself. “I just needed to cycle through my emotions that come after a loss,” said Dimico. After many years of wanting this opportunity, and this being his last chance to run, this loss was not easy to handle.
With a day to process the emotions, Dimico began to open up about how he felt about losing. Although he was disappointed, he forced himself to look at the positives. “I feel like every loss, every failure in life, makes you stronger…you have to learn from every experience,” said Dimico. As he moves on from his dream of being an ASB officer, Dimico focuses on still living his dream of leadership, and he plans to run for senior class office later this year.