IMHO, the list is a guide to help remind a candidate of things they may have done but don't always remember. I am thankful for the free space because there are other ways to achieve and demonstrate leadership than just the items on that list. In my DD's experience, she has attempted to obtain several of those positions on the list over the last 3 years of high school and has yet to win an election. Whether it be class president, secretary of XYZ club, etc.... the bottom line is that most of those positions come down to popularity contest in many schools. I have seen several "popular kids" be the president of lots of clubs at school and be spread so thin that they are ineffective leaders in those positions. Like many have said, it's about quality EC's not necessarily quantity. Good luck with you EC's.