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Flood Rises to State Student Council Office
March 28, 2007 - A flash flood warning has been issued for the state of Indiana. This, however, is no ordinary flood. Its first name is Cody. Cody Flood.
On March 15, Flood, a junior at Eastern Hancock, was elected state president of the Indiana Association of Student Councils (IASC). This is the last step in Flood’s long student council career, which began in elementary school. He has already served as a representative for District 10 and was vice president of Representative Assembly last year. Flood’s campaign was centered on the theme “Flash Flood Warning” and on the day of the election, there really were flood warnings out.
Flood is very involved in his school and community. He plays tennis and baseball, is a member of National Honors Society, FFA, and Students Against Destructive Decisions. He is also a member of the Christ In Action group at EH and an active member of his church, Brandywine Community Church in Greenfield. Flood plans to go to college for English or creative writing, not a political career. “You can’t be yourself anymore; you have to be what the people want you to be,” said Flood about politics.
The IASC Representative Assembly is an event in which new officers campaign and are elected, each school getting one vote. It was held at the Horizon Convention Center in Muncie where Flood campaigned against Brian Griffin, a junior at Plainfield High School.
Griffin and Flood have served on the executive committee together for the past year. The night before the election they shared a room together. “That was when Brian and I really talked. I said one of us is gonna be the greatest vice president ever,” said Flood.
Griffin and Flood campaigned in front of nearly 1,000 students from about 64 schools from all over the state of Indiana. Flood handed out Lifesavers candy imprinted with the slogan “You won’t need a lifesaver for this Flood!” and balloon sandbags that read, “Even a sandbag can’t stop this Flood!”
Flood officially takes office as president in April at the first executive committee meeting of the IASC, which meets about four times a year. He will serve a term of one year and his duties will include running meetings, setting meeting agendas, and introducing speakers at student council events. Flood will also represent the IASC on the Riley Kids Caring and Sharing board.
The journey to becoming state president has been a long one. In January the candidates went to a final interview with IASC adult advisors. Three candidates were interviewed: Cody Flood, Brian Griffin, and Spencer House of Greenfield Central High School. After the interview, it was narrowed down to just two candidates, Flood and Griffin.
The candidates were asked questions about their goals if they were to become president. Flood focused on two: updating the IASC website, and getting Indiana student councils involved in Imagination Library. Imagination Library is a project designed to promote literacy among America’s youth. This project is especially important to Flood because of his job at the Hancock County Public Library.
Flood relied on his family and faith to keep him focused on his campaign. “My family did so much. My mom was always asking me ‘What do we need to do next?’ We prayed the whole time,” said Flood.
Tammy Flood, Cody’s mother, gave him a scripture verse that he kept in his bag and put on the mirror as he was getting ready before his campaign. The scripture was Jeremiah 29:11 and reads “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Flood said he wasn’t nervous about giving his speech or campaigning in front of his peers, but was anxious before the new president-elect was announced. When the winner was announced, the crowd erupted into applause and celebration. Flood recalls thinking, ‘Wow, they said my name!’
Flood was relieved and “ready to get started.” He is excited about his upcoming term as president because it is something he has worked hard for since elementary school. His parents encouraged him to become involved in student council when he was in the fifth grade.
Flood began his involvement in student council during his middle school career, becoming president of his middle school council when he was in the eighth grade. But that was small potatoes compared to his more recent foray into inter-school politics. Flood started campaigning statewide during his freshman year, preparing him for this most recent campaign.
“I was getting phone calls all the way home from people congratulating me,” said Flood. After winning the election, Flood went home to work on homework. “My grades come first because I know they are more important than anything else,” said Flood.
Flood enjoys student council because he has learned a lot. “At those events you have so much fun you don’t realize how much you are learning,” said Flood. His first act as president was to adjourn the Representative Assembly with the former state president, Derek Jones. Flood said adjourning the meeting and “banging the gavel was awesome!”
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