Last fall, when elections for senior class president rolled around, both Kendall Wagner and Kylie Richter had goals to take the class to the next level.
What happened next, no one saw coming.
They were both called into new Principal Dan Ford’s office and told there was a tie and that he would like them to be co-presidents.
They have been working together to improve the home of the Broncos ever since.
“I thought they were joking; I mean, what are the chances of a dead tie?” Wagner said. “Mr. Ford was excited and truly believed Kylie and I could do more together than separately. To be honest, at first, I was a little worried. But now I know it worked out perfectly.”
Both girls were nervous at first about how being co-presidents would work. Wagner and Richter both know it really didn’t matter in the end, because they are both passionate about trying to make Denton High a better place.
Richter said she wondered at first how having two people in charge was going to work out.
“I feel that God was putting me to the test,” she said. “It’s making our leadership skills stronger, and it’s helping us learn how to deal with others and how to handle situations if we don’t agree. God is looking out for us so that we don’t get too stressed.”
They both had similar ideas about ways to improve some things for the class of 2013 as well as in the school. With two of them, it made the process easier — they aren’t as overwhelmed with all the responsibilities as one person might be.
“Senior year is already stressful enough, and then to add on top of it the responsibilities of a president tends to be overwhelming,” Richter said. “We both are extremely busy, so if one of us is not able to attend a meeting, the other can. So there is always representation by a president.”
Wagner ran for president because she felt like she could be a positive leader for the seniors and change the way students look at Denton High.
“I want the students to be as passionate as I am and have more pride for Denton High School,” Wagner said. “Also, I want to make this year worth all the hard work.”
Richter wanted to run for president the first time because she felt that nothing was getting done for her class and wanted to change that her junior year. She decided to run again to see if more could be accomplished during her senior year.
“I became president to change all that with the help of our amazing sponsor, [Lt. Col. Robert] West,” Richter said. “I want to help make a difference. I love DHS and want everyone here to love it, too. We are here for four years of our life, and spend most of our time at the school, so why not make it a place you feel proud to be in? I take full pride to say I’m a Bronco, and I want more effort to be put into the class.”
Wagner and Richter put their differences aside to balance each other and try to make the class more productive. Wagner loves that she has Richter as co-president; she feels the partnership has worked out quite well.
“Kylie and I have been friends for a while, but we have had our own issues,” Wagner said. “It took a little bit of growing up by both of us to have the relationship we do now. There is hardly any conflict between us anymore, and we can just talk like normal girlfriends.”
One luxury the two have enjoyed is being able to bounce ideas off each other and trying to figure out what’s best for the class and not just for themselves. If at first they don’t agree on something, they can usually find a conclusion that’s best for everyone.
“I really depend on Kylie, and I appreciate her dedication and all she puts into our class.” Wagner said. “Kylie is a better communicator than I am. She really does a good job of taking on that role, so that I can do tasks more fitting to my skill set.”
FLORIBEL NUNEZ is a sophomore at Denton High School and a participant in the Record-Chronicle’s “Speak Out Loud” writing program for student journalists.