Student Council Officer Candidates: Class of 2018

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 2018, organized by position they are running for.

Class of 2018

CANDIDATES FOR CLASS PRESIDENT

Edmund Jude Bousaleh
What do you view as the role of Student Council?
The role of the Student Council is to pick up upon the things which need to be done within the school to improve the experience for the student, and to get those things done. In addition, our role as representatives of the students is to listen to what the students want, and follow through and do it. To deliver what is requested to the appropriate authority, and act with a firm hand to see to it our grievances are addressed. It is certainly not the role of the Student Council to let certain members’ phone-in on just their presence to make themselves look better on their college application.
Why are you interested in being a Student Council officer?
I love politics and civics. I love seeing and doing things to make the school a better place. Earlier in the year, for example, I noticed many of our classrooms had tattered, color-faded, and bleached American flags which did not show the proper respect to the veterans who fought for it, and the country it represents. I took it upon myself to see that these flags were replaced, and properly disposed of, and, after working with the administration, such did occur on last Wednesday morning. I am a person of action who sees what needs to be done, and does it!
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 was in the student government in South Middle and I have been involved in the student government meetings here, and in addition the school committee meetings this year in order to represent our interests there as well. In my time here, I noticed a lot of kids who like to game and hangout were left out, because no clubs simply fitted their interests. In order to solve this problem, I founded and ran the Tabletop Game Club this year with great success. As an offshoot of this club, I also organized the first annual BHS Chess Tournament, and awarded prizes for first, second, and third place. My experience playing the defensive line in football taught me perseverance and dedication. My experience as a S.A.D.D. member taught me much about the school. My experiences in our school will certainly prove pivotal in our upcoming sophomore year.
What strengths do you have that make you a strong candidate?
I have a way of seeing what needs to be done, of listening to the concerns of our class, and of going forward to improve our school. I like to take action to implement solutions to the problems of our school, like doing the project regarding the American flags, and founding the Tabletop Game Club. I am not afraid to tell the administration and the school committee what must be done to make our school great for all of us. I am not in it for the college resume to make myself a candidate for some Ivy League college; I am in it for all of us!
What would be your goal(s) as a Student Council officer?
Right away, I would begin addressing the physical condition of the building that we go to school in every day. I will work to improve the things which affect us on a day-to-day basis, like the school’s slow Wi-Fi. I will make sure to send a delegate to our empty seat on the Student Advisory Council, which has voting privileges on the State Board of Education. The seat sat unfilled simply because we neglected to send delegates out of procrastination. I will run more fun events for our class in the coming year. I will approach without fear the administration and give them our take on the schedule change they plan to implement our junior year. I will tell it like it is and I will not back down, if I am elected your class president.

Pat Sullivan
What do you view as the role of Student Council?
In my opinion, the voice of the Student Council members is to overall make our school a more enjoyable environment, and bring the students together in a fun, positive way.
Why are you interested in being a Student Council officer?
I am interested in being a Student Council officer because I feel as if I can bring some fun and positivity to the grade, and so that I can share my ideas that could help to better my grade.
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?
Throughout my freshman year, I was a part of multiple sports teams in which I was taught a lot about teamwork, and how to bring people together to get something done. These lessons could be very helpful as a Student Council member.
What strengths do you have that make you a strong candidate?
Some strengths that I possess would be determination and I also believe that I get along with most people that I meet.
What would be your goal(s) as a Student Council officer?
As a Student Council officer, my only goal would be to bring the grade together in a positive and fun way and to make sure that every student has an equal opportunity to enjoy their time at Braintree High School.

Meghan Murphy

What do you view as the role of Student Council?
I think the role of Student Council is to represent all students, solve problems, and make the school and our overall high school experience better.
Why are you interested in being a Student Council officer?
Running for president was an easy decision for me. I loved being on Student Council this year, and I want to be on it again, but this time with more responsibility and opportunities to lead as an 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?

I was a part of the soccer, track and lacrosse teams here at BHS. Playing sports has helped me become a team player, leader, and collaborator. I also participated in Student Council as a representative, and do volunteer work, so I have experience with solving problems and finding solutions.
What strengths do you have that make you a strong candidate?
I am hardworking and devoted to Student Council. I will always work for something that needs to be done.
What would be your goal(s) as a Student Council officer?
As a Student Council officer, I want there to be just as many events sophomore year as we had freshman year. If I am elected to Student Council, we will host great events that are fun and beneficial to the Class of 2018. There will be more fundraisers, more events and more profit that goes back to our class. I will work hard for changes that need to be made, whether that is a big change in the handbook, or a small issue; I am more than willing to help. I have big goals for Student Council, so vote me for president!

CANDIDATES FOR CLASS VICE PRESIDENT

Brittany Ye
What do you view as the role of Student Council?
The way I see it, Student Council’s role is to bring kids in the grade together through fun activities that can relieve some of the stress that the school year brings. Student Council’s role is to also preside over and represent the class and the entire student body to show how great Wamp Nation really is and how fantastic all the students are.
Why are you interested in being a Student Council officer?
I want to be a student council officer because I believe that I have the power to make a difference in the social environment of the school such as planning activities that will be fun for everyone, making sure that no one feels excluded or uninterested.
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 participated in my school and elementary school’s Student Council and I have also done karate, swim, and tennis. All these activities have prepared me and shaped me to be more confident and to work with other people I may not particularly know.
What strengths do you have that make you a strong candidate?
As a candidate, I have strengths in areas such as organization, creativity, and I am able to work well with others.
What would be your goal(s) as a Student Council officer?
As an officer, some of my goals would include planning more events for my class to take away some of the pressure of school work as well as getting everyone involved so that everyone has good high school memories and everyone will feel like they actually do have a voice at school.

Carrie Tan
What do you view as the role of Student Council?

Student Council is supposed to be a group of students that takes the views of the student population and applies it in ways to benefit the school. The way they “apply” these views can differ upon the separate interpretations of the Student Council’s function. I believe Student Council should plan events and activities based on what their populous believes they should do. Although candidates should enter with ideas of their own to benefit the community, the students are the most important. If they don’t agree with the Student Council, the Council must be adaptive. The customer is always right.
Why are you interested in being a Student Council officer?
I love taking a part in the school. I want to be more involved with the student body. I want to be able to communicate with others about something good for our school. I also have a strong belief in the importance of expression. Not only would I be able to state my opinions, but I would want to make it so that everyone has “say” in the matter at hand.
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?
This year, I have participated in Theater Guild. Theater Guild has taught me that when working together in a group, it’s possible to create something beautiful. It also taught me how to make a community into a family. Everyone there is close. That is how our entire grade should be. On the other hand, I play the piano, which requires a lot of independence. The significance of basic knowledge is also portrayed here. Doing research on a topic before stating opinions is just like learning the technique of a piece before playing it.
What strengths do you have that make you a strong candidate?
The three most significant qualities that I think I have that are important in a Student Council are creativity, determination, and diligence. With creativity, you can really bring a completely different view into Student Council. Ideas previously unexplored can be discussed. Determination makes it so that no idea can be put down immediately. With a firm stance and research that backs it up, changes can actually be made to the school.
What would be your goal(s) as a Student Council officer?
My goal as student council VP would be to organize activities the sophomore class can participate in. Of course, this can’t happen without fundraisers. A few possible ones that I’ve thought of are:
Flea market/garage sale: Sophomores can bring in things they don’t want or need that they want to donate. We can then sell these to other classes and possibly within our own as well.
Halloween Dance: I know. No trick or treating? We could buy lots of candy. This would obviously have to be made up for in ticket sales, but this would be fun. It is set for a specific holiday, so it has a specific theme. There could be a costume contest with spooky prizes.
School Barbeque: School, sophomore, either/or. Who doesn’t like barbeques? This is a little self-explanatory. However, with a barbeque, there is no need for a set date on anything. This can happen near a holiday, or just randomly in the school year.
School garden/Market: I asked my mom once what would happen if I went to a really big and famous college, then moved to Georgia to become a peach farmer. She was not amused. However, just because my dreams of becoming a peach farmer were shattered doesn’t mean we can’t have a school garden! I don’t know that many people who would be willing to tend to this garden, but selling crops would bring in an income!
Art Auction: Art is the best type of expression there is. To be good at an art, you really have to find deeper meanings. Drawing a picture well is great. That’s a good skill, but to master it, it must have some meaning. An auction is a good idea because prices can raise competitively, but because the objects being sold would be students’ donated artwork, it’d give a chance for them to express themselves and share their opinion. So what would these fundraisers be used for? I mean, there are so many things that we can do. This question is basically asking what can a school do with money? We could:
Save for senior prom
We could have an “end of the year” party – the end of sophomore year seems far away, though.
We can lower the prices of field trips like Canobie, not to mention possibly go other places (Boston Bowl, obstacle courses, science museum, roller/ice skating, aquarium, IKEA (jk), etc.)

Meghan O’Rourke
What do you view as the role of Student Council?
The role of Student Council is to help better the school and involve people so that their time at BHS is enjoyable.
Why are you interested in being a Student Council officer?
I’m interested in being a Student Council officer because I want to be involved in the school and help the school. Also I have great ideas for activities and events that I would love to make happen.
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?
Over the years, I have been involved in many teams and plays. Those experiences have taught me how to work well with others. I also was the vice president last year so I can take what I learned this year and apply that to being even better next year.
What strengths do you have that make you a strong candidate?
I am a very responsible and organized person which makes me a strong candidate. I also am outgoing and will go up to anyone to ask them to help out Student Council when we host events.
What would be your goal(s) as a Student Council officer?
My goal as a Student Council officer is to raise money for my class and have a fun time doing it and to better the school so that people enjoy coming.

Michael Baumgartner
What do you view as the role of Student Council?

Student Council is the bridge between students and the faculty. The Student Council is in charge of creating and implementing events that enhance student activities and drive fundraising endeavors for student programs.
Why are you interested in being a Student Council officer?
I have always been interested in the fundamental pillars of community. Student Council provides a venue to learn many important lessons about planning, teamwork and leadership. With each year that I serve on Student Council, I am better equipped to work on behalf of my peers. It is a true honor for me be part of an organization that’s goal is to make our time in high school more memorable.
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 actively involved in Student Council for the past three years. In the South Middle School Student Council, I was elected vice president during my 7th grade year, and president during 8th Grade. I am currently the freshman class president here at BHS. My number one goal has always been to best serve and represent my peers. As a team we listened and were about to initiate two important programs during my time in middle school. The first dance was successfully held after a 3-year hiatus and we were able to create an annual 5k walk/run to benefit a Graduating Senior Scholarship fund. I helped pioneer the student movement to update South Middle School’s auditorium. This project is now completed and the facility is to be dedicated to outgoing Principal Mr. McDonough on June 16, 2015. As freshmen, we have sold a lot of pies, held one dance, went to a Red Sox game and Canobie Lake. It has been a great year! I am currently the student board member on the Braintree Youth Center Board. Outside of school, I hang out with my family and friends, ski, and wheelchair race. I enjoy reading, puzzles and games. My dedication to all areas of my life drives my determination to do well.
What strengths do you have that make you a strong candidate?
During my three years of Student Council leadership I have learned many lessons and skills about planning, teamwork and leadership. I will bring everything that I have learned in the past to the position and will continue with determination to learn and deliver.
What would be your goal(s) as a Student Council officer?
My main goals would be to encourage a participation increase in student events and continue to build upon the relationship between students, Student Council and faculty.

Other candidates for VP include: Paige Shanley and Julia Doherty

CANDIDATES FOR CLASS SECRETARY

Sean Morin
What do you view as the role of Student Council?
The role of Student Council is to be a leader of your class, a role model, and to take suggestions from others.
Why are you interested in being a Student Council officer?
I like to help people and be involved with helping my grade. I believe that Student Council is the best way to do this.
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 play basketball, cross-country, and volleyball. I was treasurer freshman year and in 8th grade. I’m always looking for ways to help the grade and extracurriculars help me hear other people’s ideas, too.
What strengths do you have that make you a strong candidate?
I will be dedicated to my position and I am outgoing. I will always put in the extra effort to help others with something. I like to listen to others’ ideas more than I like coming up with them myself.
What would be your goal(s) as a Student Council officer?
My goal as secretary would be to make Student Council more public and make sure people know what is going on in Student Council.

Other secretary candidates include: Niamh Dunphy and Clarice Berdinelli.

CANDIDATES FOR CLASS TREASURER

Andrew Kradolfer
What do you view as the role of student council?
Student Council’s role is to give representation to the people who make up the majority of the school, the students. Without Student Council, the needs of the students would go unrecognized.
Why are you interested in being a Student Council officer?
I can make astronomical changes in the infrastructure of the school to make BHS a lot better!
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 was very active in the Student Council of South Middle School, working as a representative and acquiring knowledge.
What strengths do you have that make you a strong candidate?
I am very confident of my leadership abilities and I have top notch leadership skills.
What would be your goal(s) as a Student Council officer?
My goal is to make BHS run as efficiently as possible and to have a lot of fun!

Other candidates for treasurer include: Meghan Carney and Christine Burke.

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