Burbank High School students Krystal and Melanie Matthews are
following in their father’s footsteps.
Krystal, 16, was recently elected Associated Student Body
president for 2003-2004, while Melanie, 15, was elected next year’s
junior class president.
Their father, Graham Matthews, was student body president of
Shades Valley High School in Birmingham, Ala.
Although he didn’t push his daughters to run for office, Matthews
said he saved some of his old campaign posters to share with them,
and assisted the girls with their campaigns.
“I would say that they tried a lot of [activities] in school, and
this caught their interest,” he said.
Holding office is not new to the girls. At Jefferson Elementary
School, Krystal was school secretary in the fifth grade.
The following year, Melanie was Jefferson’s fifth-grade treasurer.
Both sisters served as vice president of their sophomore class at
Burbank High, and Krystal was this year’s junior class president.
Krystal, who aspires to a broadcast journalism career, said
serving as an elected officer has helped her become more outspoken.
“It gives me leadership qualities, public-speaking experience and
the ability to plan events,” she said.
For Melanie, sharing her opinion with others is important, and
holding office gives her the opportunity to be heard.
“Whenever I watch TV and hear people make statements I disagree
with, I want to influence people with different decisions,” she said.
During her tenure as student body president, Krystal said she
wants to create a school Web site to better inform students of school
“I also want to bring back events like the back-to-school dance
and spirit rallies,” she said.