Student Council Officer Candidates: Class of 2017

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 2017, organized by position they are running for.

 

CANDIDATES FOR CLASS PRESIDENT

Aidan Doherty
What do you view as the role of Student Council?
Most people might answer the question with a lot of talk about “leadership”or “authority” but to be honest, it’s nothing like that. Student Council’s two missions are to fund our two proms and organize the most fun and effective fundraisers that will bring us that money.
Why are you interested in being a Student Council officer?
I believe that I have the drive and commitment to our Student Council, a necessary part of a good Student Councilor. Side bar: Not enough people use “Student Councilor” and I feel like I’ve been cheated out of being called “Grand Councilor Doherty”.
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?
Along with my ability to create new and better fundraising, which I have proven in the Student Council for the past two years,  I have proven my merit over my three varsity sport seasons: swimming, wrestling, and outdoor track. I was able to make it to the sections in 2 out of those 3 seasons, and in track I got to call out the events over the loudspeaker alongside Nick Diana and Brian Kelly, so that’s basically the same prestige as sectionals.
What strengths do you have that make you a strong candidate?
My most prominent skill, other than being an all American sweetheart, is my personable nature. I can break the super awkward wall that rises when a Student Council member needs to have a semi-serious conversation with his or her peers. Plus, I can keep the members of the Student Council in line and under control during meetings.
What would be your goal(s) as a Student Council officer?
Simply put, my goal is to make our years here at Braintree High the most fun they can be. To do so, I’ll run fundraisers, organize events, put together two proms, and whatever else it takes; however, I can assure you that it will be done, and you’ll be happy you chose me as president.

Aidan is unopposed in the election for president.

CANDIDATES FOR CLASS VICE PRESIDENT

Felicia McDevitt
What do you view as the role of Student Council?
I view the role of Student Council as organizing events, fundraising, uniting the school, building school spirit, and being a group of well-rounded individuals who represent all BHS students.
Why are you interested in being a Student Council officer?
I have been involved in Student Council since South Middle School, where I started as a representative in 6th grade and finished as 8th grade class president.  I enjoy having an active role in planning activities, fundraising, and serving my grade and classmates.
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 always been very active in sports, school, and community service. I am a three season athlete (field hockey, ice hockey, and softball), a member of NAHS, and I participate in Best Buddies. For the past two years, I have also participated in Challenger, a program that teaches and works with children with developmental needs to play baseball. Also, at South, I was Student Council president, and organized many events, such as working to create the first South 5k. Last year, I was a representative on Student Council. By being involved in different activities, I have developed lots of skills and met many people.
What strengths do you have that make you a strong candidate?
I am very organized, efficient, creative, and friendly! I work well with my peers and can also communicate with both staff and adults. I can and will listen to opinions and ideas from different social groups in our class to involve everyone. I am more than willing to be committed to my grade and would love nothing more than to represent it.
What would be your goal(s) as a Student Council officer?
To organize different, fun events that will get the entire class involved, increasing our unity! Fundraising will be key in the upcoming year, with many important events around the corner, like prom. I believe we must advertise more and continue to work harder in the upcoming year. We can do more and I would like to help make that happen.

Keelah Dixon
What do you view as the role of Student Council?
The role of student council is a role of leadership and effort.
Why are you interested in being a Student Council officer?
I am interested in being a student council officer because I want to contribute and help prepare for major events. I love being active in this school and knowing what is going on so I can help myself and my peers.
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 am involved with swim, basketball, and track. These sports have really helped prepare me for a position on student council because I learned how to work as a team with my friends and embrace a leadership role.
What strengths do you have that make you a strong candidate?
I have many strengths that will make me a strong candidate for student council. I am a leader and I am driven. I have my own insight and would bring a lot to the table.
What would be your goal(s) as a Student Council officer?
My goals as a student council officer is to make our next few years at Braintree High the most memorable they can be. Junior and senior years should be the best years of our high school career, but a lot of work has to be done for that to happen. I am willing to put in that work.

 

CANDIDATES FOR CLASS SECRETARY

Madison Alves
What do you view as the role of Student Council?
I view Student Council as an environment of non-judgmental, open-minded students who put their best effort forward to fundraise and come up with ideas to support our class.
Why are you interested in being a Student Council officer?
I have been on Student Council for the past two years and I can honestly say it has truly been amazing.  My peers on Student Council have gone from total strangers to some of my closest friends. The past two years I was a representative of my class, but my love for the club persuaded me to want to further my involvement to become a class officer.
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?
In school, I have been on Student Council for two years.  Out of school, I have three jobs, I babysit at a daycare, I bus tables at Campanale’s, and I lifeguard and teach swim lessons at Lifetime Fitness in Westwood.
What strengths do you have that make you a strong candidate?
I am open-minded, friendly, approachable, and able to initiate ideas.
What would be your goal(s) as a Student Council officer?
My goals for Student Council next year would be to create and initiate ideas to raise funds and put on the most memorable prom and raise enough money to have a head start on next year, to start raising money for senior prom, graduation, senior week, and all other senior activities.

Madison is unopposed in the election for secretary.

 

CANDIDATES FOR CLASS TREASURER

Caroline McGowan
What do you view as the role of Student Council?
I believe the role of Student Council is to make the school a better place by giving students more of what they want by being able to work with administrators. Student Council must work to create a better atmosphere at BHS by making changes that everyone will approve of.
Why are you interested in being a Student Council officer?
I want to be involved with Student Council so that I can help with making the school better. I want to be able to make a difference in our school, and I think that being a class officer is the best way to do that. Also, I have loved being a part of Student Council the past two years and I have become friends with everyone involved, so I would like to continue to be able to work with this group of people.
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 been treasurer for my class for the past two years, during which I have learned what Student Council is all about and I have been exposed to the commitment and hard work being class treasurer takes, which has helped me prepare for holding this position for another year. I have also been a member of Best Buddies and Green Team. These clubs have taught me the importance of helping others and working with other people to make an impact on the school. I also have been a dancer at my studio for 13 years and I have taught kids’ dance classes which has taught me to be very dedicated and disciplined in what I do, which I can use as treasurer.
What strengths do you have that make you a strong candidate?
I am very responsible, dedicated, and motivated with anything I do which is why I would do very well on Student Council. Also, I am hard-working and creative so I will be able to make progress and get things accomplished.
What would be your goal(s) as a Student Council officer?
As a Student Council officer, my goal would be to make many positive changes in the way our school works to make BHS have a better atmosphere for everyone.  I would also like to do more fundraising for our class.

Sean Newell
What do you view as the role of student council?
I personally view the role of the student council as a group of ten individuals per grade the represent the rest of their peers by organizes fundraisers and promoting school pride. They also have a overarching mission to raise funds for prom so it is as cheap as possible for the students.
Why are you interested in being a student council officer?
I am interested in being a student council officer because I would like to step up my role with helping out my class. The past two years I have served as a representative on student council and this year I would like to be an officer to help out with my class activities and have more of a role on the student council.
What kinds of activities have you been involved in both in and out of school and how have they helped you prepare you for a position on student council?
The past two years I have been a representative on the student council, attending all the meetings and helping out with the fundraising efforts, so going into this year I will have had past experience on the student council preparing me for the position. Also I am a two season athlete on the wrestling and lacrosse team, so I can easily communicate with people on how they feel about school issues and what they would like to see happen. Over the summer I peer lead at a youth leadership academy, so I have a lot of experience working with others and serving as a role model for the children that I am assisting through the challenges they face in the camp.
What strengths do you have that make you a strong candidate?
I am very good at working with others, so I can collaborate with my peers on the student council and help organize and get through the task at hand. I also consider myself a very responsible and committed person so I will attend all the meetings and be ready for the time commitment that student council requires.
What would be your goal(s) as a student council officer?
My most important goal as a student council officer would be to run a very successful, fun, and cheap prom for the students of my grade. Being an officer during my junior year would hold me(as well as my peers on student council) responsible for fundraising, planning, and selling tickets for prom, and I will put forth all my efforts towards helping out with all those things.

Other Candidates For Treasurer include: Lorrenzo Burnside

Attempts were made to include answers from all candidates, but this article includes answers received prior to the deadline of Friday, June 12. Any candidates that would like their answers to be included in an updated article should email Mr. Dahlbeck at DDahlbeck@braintreema.gov