Meet the Candidates: Jeyoung Yoo

Jeyoung Yoo (’23) is running for the position of Activities Liaison.

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 be Community Outreach Liaison?

I’m running for the position as I desire to help create a strong and happy community at KIS that successfully manifests the thoughts and concerns of students, parents, and faculty into the academic environment. As someone who is very passionate about having one’s voice heard, I feel that the Community Outreach Liaison position would best fit my goal of interacting with the student body and gathering the dynamic visions each individual has, while having the capability to help push said ideas into fruition through my ability to communicate with faculty and administration through the executive role.

2. If elected, what do you see to be your role in the Student Council?

I feel that I would be someone who would help encourage everyone to work as their best self without sacrificing their wellbeing. Per the requirements of being Community Outreach Liaison, it’ll be my responsibility to foster not only the school community, but also Student Council in particular. I feel that as someone who strives for emotional and physical fulfillment, it’s inherently my responsibility as a member of society to help others in their endeavors while encouraging them to challenge themselves for their personal development. In essence, I’d be someone who would constantly assist, encourage, and (positively) challenge my fellow Student Council members to perform the best they can; benefitting the school community as a whole in return.

3. What makes you the best candidate for this position?

The reason why I feel I would be the best candidate for Community Outreach Liaison is due to my outspokenness and openness when it comes to new ideas and discussing them. I’m very well known as someone who isn’t afraid of getting my ideas across, as well as someone who will thoughtfully consider new or opposing ideas and reply to them in a detailed, logical manner. I feel that these qualities would be the best fit for Community Outreach Liaison, as I won’t shy away from any ideas that might come from the student body; and be an advocate for the students when in the face of scrutiny and criticism by faculty and/or parents.

4. In which area do you think our school and the student body face the greatest challenge? How will you work with this challenge?

I feel that the student body faces its greatest challenge in its inability to propose; be cognizant about; and discuss proposals and matters concerning the KIS community. Outside of a few scattered posters and word of mouth, there isn’t a concrete way for students to hear about what will/is happening around them; much less discuss them. In order to fix this potential gap in communication between the student body and the Student Council and faculty, I will create both a physical and virtual board that shows current projects; important dates; announcements; proposals where one can write their opinions and thoughts on a subject; and an ideas section where one can post their own onto. This method would not only show students what’s happening, but also get their own input on the matter(s) without having them sacrifice a significant chunk of their time. Bridging the gap between the affairs of the school and the student body will be a difficult process; however, I feel that my approach to creating an easily accessible medium to anonymously propose and comment on ideas for the school is a great start to fostering an active, content student body.

5. What’s a secret talent that you have?

Something interesting about me is that I can name all the countries of the world as well as a few territories. Also, besides a few places in Oceania and Africa, I can name their respective capitals as well.

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