‘Election’: Jim Convinces Paul to Run for Class President

'Election' by Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor

From: Movie

Type: Comedic

Character: Jim, a teacher at Millard High School

Gender: Male

Age Range: 30's

Summary: Jim urges Paul, a student at Millard High School, to run for class president

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JIM: Paul, I know you’ve been pretty down since your accident. I know.  I understand disappointment.  I really do. But you’ve got a big choice right now. You can choose to be depressed about    it for the rest of your life. Or you can choose to see it for what it really is: an opportunity.  I personally think you have a big future ahead of you, and I don’t mean the fleeting glory of sports.

Let me give you a clue. You’re a born leader.  You’re one of the most popular students at Millard.  You’re honest and straightforward.  You don’t choke under pressure, as we all saw in that amazing fourth quarter against Westside.  The other kids look up to you.  What does that spell?

Student… council… president.

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