Student Council Officer Candidates: Class of 2016

Compiled by Brian McDermott
Class of 2016

This Monday, June 15, students in all grades will be electing class officers to serve on Student Council. Braintree High News asked all candidates to answer five questions to help the voting students get a better idea of who they are and why they believe they deserve to be on Student Council. The following are the responses received for the Class of 2016, organized by position they are running for.

Christian Quigley
President Class of 2016
What do you view as the role of Student Council?
The role of the Student Council to me is it gives the students an opportunity for their voices to be heard. The faculty doesn’t always know what the students want for the homecoming, spirit week days, prom etc. It is the job of the Student Council to listen to the voice of their fellow students and tell the class advisors what the students want and do the best they can to give it to them.
Why are you interested in being a Student Council officer?

I am interested in being a Student Council member because I want to make a real change for the grade going into senior year. I don’t want someone just getting voted and taking the job to just walk away. I want to be involved and help do something for the class, not have the same people who have been on it just keep their job because they have the most name recognition. I want to deliver something different for this senior class.
What kinds of activities have you been involved in both in and out of school and how have they helped prepare you for a position on Student Council?
I have taken up leadership roles in school by being apart of the school varsity swim team and it has helped me learn to grow as a person and learn to work as a team, not an individual. I also volunteer at Special Olympics, being the go-to person just incase the head coach isn’t there to run the practices. Working with Special Olympics has given me the chance to see that every person deserves respect and not to be left behind, it has given me the chance to experience strong leadership both in and out of school.
What strengths do you have that make you a strong candidate?
I am able to easily talk to people. I try to be the best person I can be to everyone no matter who they are. I have always wanted to help others no matter who they are or what they stand for. I can easily listen to both sides of an argument and come to a compromise but also be able to stick to my own points of view and respect others for their beliefs.
What would be your goal(s) as a Student Council officer?
I want to make sure that this senior class feels accomplished about something no matter who they are. My goal is to help people achieve something they have been striving for ever since they came into BHS. I will help them in any way they can if I am elected and it is my job as president not to help myself but to help my grade define what the best senior year should be.

Lauren Kaye
President Class 0f 2016
What do you view as the role of Student Council?

I see my role as fundraising for our school/grade’s events like prom. My role would also be representing our class’s ideas and opinions!
Why are you interested in being a Student Council officer?
I’m interested in being a Student Council officer because I really want to make our senior year amazing from our last pep rally to our senior prom!
What kinds of activities have you been involved in both in and out of school and how have they helped prepare you for a position on Student Council?
Inside school, I’ve been a member of numerous clubs including Clay Club, Interact Club, Photo Club, and more. Also, I am a Co-President for Cultural Awareness Club. Outside of school, I attended a Youth Leadership and Citizenship Convention where I learned leadership/teamwork techniques. I returned this year to staff the weekend. Some of the 2014 delegates and I have created an organization called “Give BackPacks” which sends backpacks and supplies to kids in underprivileged schools. Later this month we’ll be sending 15 to Nicaragua with one of our founders, Cam.
What strengths do you have that make you a strong candidate?
I’m an open minded and creative person. (omg this sounds so weird complimenting myself yikes) I can work in a team effectively and I’m good at compromising and getting everyone’s ideas.
What would be your goal(s) as a Student Council officer?
My goal as a Student Council officer would be to make our senior year the best it can possibly be. I want to bring our grade together in the last year that we have together.

Other candidates for president include: Jon Michael Mercon and Antonio Tenaglia.

Lin Yuan
Treasurer Class of 2016
What do you view as the role of Student Council?

This is a question I think has multiple answers. I feel that Student Council was a group of student leaders who think of creative ideas, ideas that other people have not thought about to find ways to improve the school atmosphere and tackle school issues. This year was the case of the alcohol problem when people who did not deserve school punishment unfortunately got tangled in the issue. Members of our Student Council tried to represent the voices of the students in voicing their opinions on behalf of the whole student body. To be honest, I was unaware of the scope of the issue until a co-worker from Boston Latin texted me about it which shocked me at how the situation was handled, and it did damage to our BHS reputation. Our school’s representation in the eyes of other public high schools in the area relies on a healthy student body, a place with fair administration and welcomed participation from every single member of our class and academic and athletic prestige. Student Council members should not dictate what the students can or cannot do, but rather find ways to help the school grow and realize the school’s potential in the years to come.
Why are you interested in being a Student Council officer?
I want to be involved in the school atmosphere and leadership and I feel that there are issues with our school system that could use some change. You got to start somewhere, right? Even the big issues such as overemphasis on standardized testing, unfair grade weighting with the 4 level system, school lunches, and school pride and spirit cannot be changed by one person or even by a whole council of students. It takes hundreds of voices, millions of seconds to make a tiny ripple. But, you got to start somewhere. The big global issues of nuclear war, global warming, and ISIS have not seen much change, but they are getting somewhere because a group of scientists started a network that aimed to tackle the problem. I don’t want to be intimidated by the “big” issues, but rather the person who voices out her personal opinion and appeals to higher people and higher management. I know that some people think that people want to do Student Council for a better resume or college application. These days there is more competition for good university places, scholarships, all that jazz. To be honest, that is not my main reason. It may look good to have that “leadership” role, but it is more important that experiences that a person goes through, and in the end that extra bullet on the last page of your resume doesn’t matter that much. We only live once, and it would be better to put yourself out there and not have regrets when you are 100 years old (if I can live that long).
What kinds of activities have you been involved in both in and out of school and how have they helped prepare you for a position on Student Council?
I have kept myself very busy throughout the past 17.75 years of my life. I will try to keep this short and not a bragging paragraph. Here I go. In middle school, I was nominated to the Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington DC where I met with two thousand middle school students aged 10-12 in discussing past and current world issues. My roommates were really inspirational. One was the youngest lymph node cancer survivor and another was a national dance champion. A year later after that I was nominated for the Global Young Leaders Conference in Paris and Beijing, China to be involved in a global experience tackling global issues in our globalized society. Currently, I am a New England Aquarium Live Blue Ambassador as an Ocean Steward and a National Society of High School Scholars Ambassador under Nobel (yes that Nobel). Outside of school, I am involved with Girls Who Code Google Cambridge, and I have hopes of starting a GWC Club at our school to get more girls involved in computer science. I like staying active and keeping myself busy.
What strengths do you have that make you a strong candidate?
I am an open and proactive person who has big aspirations. I love to talk with people. I think that I have solid leadership skills as I am a good speaker, communicator, and visionary. I feel that being a leader is not completely leading, but inspiring others to do better and letting others lead too. Being a leader most importantly requires time commitment which I can put in. It requires hard work, organization, and creativity. I have little else to say, so I will end like now. Ok, now.
What would be your goal(s) as a Student Council officer?
I want to create more socials for our senior class. It is scary to think that next year will be our last year, and I feel that we all deserve a great year together. I want to make an ice cream social where we can get together and eat ice cream. Delicious! I also hope to appeal to the school committee to revamp school lunches by adding more options to the menu. We could get the seniors to create ideas of new dishes to add. This would of course be a seniors only privilege. No underclassmen allowed. I also want to do more fundraisers both inside and outside of school. The fundraisers at the lunch tables don’t seem to be working, and there is kind of a lack of interest. I propose a carnival fundraiser where we can get those inflatable slides and massive ball pits to raise money for our school. We could also expand restaurant fundraisers to more restaurants and have them more frequently to have more funds for junior and senior prom. I work at South Shore Plaza, so I could maybe ask the Dunkin Donuts manager. Lastly, I propose a mental health day during the middle of the school year where school work is strictly prohibited on that day. I got to say I got this idea from Lexington High School. Great idea! I also want to take baby steps to tackle the stress crisis in high school by proposing a 15-30 later starting time, eventually get rid of class rank and replace them with percentages to reduce competition, or maybe even completely get rid of them. I also want to add more fun classes to our curriculum and fun clubs such as bocce club, or a design your own dress class. We as a student body want BHS to be unique, fun, and educational, not just one or two, but all.
Other candidates for treasurer include: Dan O’Leary, Tyler Devane, and Emilya Balandyre.

No responses were received from candidates for vice president or secretary.