Blueprint is committed to restoring the issues and vision to the center stage of this election. We’ve reached out to all declared Student Council candidates to hear about their ideas for the next school year. All responses received will be published prior to the start of voting. This post is neither an endorsement nor disapproval of any particular candidate.
1. Why are you running to become the activities liaison?
As a student here at KIS, school events were like the oasis in my repetitive school life. The “student council hosted events” were the ones my friends and I would always be excited about! Every time, there were always new and creative ideas waiting for us!
That naturally sparked the curiosity inside me, about how the student council manages these events, from planning to actually hosting them. This year, I had the opportunity to serve as a class representative, where I got to see the different roles of Student Council, especially when it came to activities. What brought me here today was by seeing how major successful events like Patio on Fire, Pep Rallies, and Spirit Weeks were hosted. I envision myself to take on even more responsibilities and leadership into managing these events, potentially even starting new ones! But why activities? Apart from being able to lead in hosting events, the role of the activities liaison gives me plenty of opportunities to interact and communicate with the student body. Most importantly, it allows me to implement new ideas for some positive change. For example, what about having a Valentine’s or a Halloween Party/Dance? I’m already thrilled to be able to take my leadership to the next level.
2. What do you see to be your role in Student Council?
Anyone that is elected to serve in the Student Council, either as a class representative or as an officer, all have diligent ideas and skills they can bring to the table. As an officer, I would work towards being a great listener by being open-minded and not judgmental. This would apply to both students and Student Council members. It would be my job to take the ideas that we have from discussions to organizing and implementing them for the good of the KIS community. As an Activities Liaison, I want to reach out to the student body to support the society here at our school. I would have a bigger role in having to reach out to a broader public, listening to more people from diverse backgrounds.
3. How do you plan to promote new clubs and lesser known clubs?
For newer and lesser-known clubs, students must be more informed about what each club does, specifically, their vision, their goal, and their purpose. As the activities liaison, I would help facilitate a ground of advertisement for these new clubs. For example, we can create websites where clubs get their web page for promotion. This would be a more convenient and detailed version of our current spreadsheet. We can also provide a space for clubs to hold bake sales or mini-seminars/showcases, where they can fundraise and promote their clubs. I would help endorse and provide these opportunities for start-up clubs so that students can learn what certain clubs stand for, and whether or not they are interested in them.
4. What makes you the best candidate for this position?
This year, I was able to learn and observe from the great leaders of our school. The importance of being a good listener stood out to be very clear to me.
But while being a good listener, a student council leader should also be able to deliver the message of the public, best to the admin or teachers, and his fellow Student Council members. Over the past couple of years, I’ve been trained and prepared to communicate and speak on behalf of the student body, but I kept on wondering: “How could I become a better listener?”
One idea that I had, was to put a “Dropbox” system in place. Inside this box, students would be able to “drop” any concerns or complaints they might have, from their social life to academics. The dropbox would be completely anonymous, and the Student Council would address ALL issues, big or small, and become the “bridge” to connecting these students to the professionals that can provide help, such as our school psychologist or the administrators. Subjects that can be taken care of within the Student Council will be actively discussed during our regular weekly meetings. More suggestions and more feedback lead to only greater solutions. As the activities liaison, I want to establish a platform for the student body to communicate with any type of problem or opinion without hesitation. Every individual is under different circumstances and has their viewpoints and opinions when it comes to policies about activities or clubs. My goal is to establish transparent communication with the students and the faculty. Good or bad, my ultimate goal is for KIS to be known for its great communicating student body.
I’m a prepared listener to take on for this role, to host activities that you would look forward to. To help promote your club. To make sure your voice is heard.
5. What is a secret talent that you have?
Possessing “talent” is a great characteristic for an individual. However, my “best talents” are the ones shared and expressed for the common greatness of the student body of KIS. I’m sorry that I cannot provide any superpowers or magic to help you guys fly to avoid the stairs! Don’t forget to Vote for VVilliam as Activities Liaison for Victory!