AMHERST, Ma. – In an unprecedented turn of events, Senior Speakoff nominations have resulted in a 455-way tie, evenly splitting the 455 votes that were up for grabs.
“I’m a quiet, shy type, so I never imagined I would tie for first place,” said a visibly delighted Anthony McDonald ’14. “To tell you the truth, I just sort of wrote myself in at the last minute as a joke.”
Others were less surprised by their success. “Frankly, I knew the senior class was behind me,” said Sarah Ziska ’14, explaining that she felt she really “understand[s] what it means to go to Amherst.”
The 455 candidates will deliver short samples of their speeches before the class. The event is scheduled to begin March 26 and to end on June 7th, 2020.
Another round of voting will follow the event, but some candidates feel the Speakoff won’t change much. Says Ziska, “I feel like everyone already knows who they’re voting for.”