Student files to run for Lansing School Board

High schooler hopes to lead

LANSING, Kans. - Lansing High is known as the home of the Lions.

And it seems there's a potential political lion there, although right now he's really just a cub.

Taylor Wisneski spends his days doing school work, like finishing off the latest issue of the school paper.

The college-bound high school senior doesn't have much free time, but what little he does have he is spending running for office -- but not student council.

He's running for the Lansing School Board.

It all started when he was talking with the school librarian, Debra Hutton.

"She was like ‘you know school board has a reelection coming up, and I wouldn't ask any other student, but you are the perfect fit for someone to run," he remembered.

Hutton likes Wisneski's chances.

"I think he'll do an amazing job. And I think he will be elected because I think he's the right person to do this type of job because he is enthusiastic about it," she said. "He's going to do his homework, he's going to listen to people, and I can't see why anyone wouldn't vote for him."

Hutton said she likes to encourage all the students to be politically aware and active, especially by registering to vote at the first opportunity.

She said Wisneski's habit of doing thorough research on any subject he approaches will help him be an effective representative.

At first,Taylor was a little nervous about the idea, but after talking it over with his parents, he decided to pay the $5 fee and file to run for the post.

Things have kind of taken off from there. Now he has a campaign manager and is considering having pamphlets printed. He plans on doing some campaigning door-to-door.

"Teachers on a day to day basis go 'hey I'm proud of you', students are like 'hey, man that's the coolest thing I've ever heard," he said.

He's even heard positive feedback on his campaign from people outside the school.

Win or lose, Taylor's glad to be part of helping students get their voices heard. But he admits this is just a first step in a long and ambitious political career. He would like to be governor of Kansas one day.

"My ultimate goal is to become the President of the United States," he said.

If Mr. Wisneski goes to Washington, you will hear of his deeds. He plans to change things.

"The gridlock -- that's got to end," he asserted.

And Mrs Hutton will have a place at the inauguration.

"Oh, … front row, front row," Taylor said.

The Lansing school board election will be April 2.

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