Tracy Flick is apparently alive and well at Troy High School.
Brought to life deliciously by Reese Witherspoon, Tracy Enid Flick is a central character in Alexander Payne's 1999 film Election, which is based on Tom Perrotta's novel of the same title. The plot involves a high school student body election tainted by a faculty adviser who rigs the vote so anal, driven, passive-aggressive Flick does not become president. Which brings us to Troy High . . .
The Orange County Register's Scott Martindale today brings what appears to the naked eye to be a novel-length article on how Jenny Redmond, Troy's student government faculty adviser, fudged the results of April's race to ensure her hand-picked presidential candidate was declared the winner.
The subterfuge was discovered after senior Jacob Bigham, who won the ASB vice presidential race, broke into the Troy High database and learned that senior Ryan Daliwal was the actual top vote-getter for president, not the student the real-life embodiment of Matthew Broderick's Mr. McAllister claimed had won.
For his efforts, Bigham received a five-day suspension. Redmond resigned as faculty adviser, but many students found it unfair that she was allowed to remain in the post after her election rigging was exposed and through to the end of the school year in June. She remains a special-education teacher at Troy (good luck to the kids who get on her bad side), and the principal won't disclose whether she was disciplined at all, citing personnel confidentiality.
The election results Redmond reported were invalidated, and Daliwal will start the school year Aug. 27 as president. Bigham was stripped of his office. Perhaps on the bright side, like Tracy Flick, the 17-year-old has a future in Washington.
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