What is the first thing you will do as student body president?
I want to initiate the “Own It” movement within Gilman. Similar to past year long themes such as “One Gilman” or “All in,” I would like to challenge myself and the student body to take pride in their passions as well other’s in the Gilman community. I believe that Gilman pride and spirit have been much weaker this year than in years past, which is why I believe it is time to revamp our mission as a school. Whether it be a coffee house, a football game, the Spring Musical, or a Science test I want every student to take pride in their work as well as support and celebrate the accomplishments of their peers. Gilman is a place with tremendous opportunities to showcase the amazing talents of our students, and my goal is to make sure every event is seen as a chance for our students to come together as brothers and revel in the excellence Gilman has to offer.
What makes you different from the other candidates?
I believe that all of the other candidates would also do an excellent job as student body president, but no one else has the experience and knowledge about what it takes to be a great school president that I possess. I have had excellent relationship with the past three presidents and have a deep understanding of both their successes and failures. Additionally, I have served on student council for two of my three years in the highschool and know what needs to be done to lead an effective student council. Finally, I have found my most recent year of not being on student council to be perhaps the most valuable. I am able to see mistakes that I have made in the past, while also developing a common student’s perspective of student council. I have a unique grasp on both the needs of the every day student, as well as the steps it takes to create a strong student government.
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Why should the student body vote for you?
I think that the student body should vote for me because I will work tirelessly to make the 2018-2019 school year the best it can be. I am willing to sacrifice sleep, time with friends, and my role in the News so long as it means that I can make the lives our students better. I also believe that I can unite the student body and make Gilman a much closer community from seniors to freshman. I want to re-initiate school-wide competitions such as BLAMO and a variation of House Cup. I also want to make the student council more inclusive by inviting the diversity leaders to our meetings as well as scheduling conferences where any student can come and express their opinions. Lastly, there are many systematic problems within Gilman that I would like to fix. For example, I want return to the old club schedule, so more students can once again enjoy the cornucopia of clubs Gilman has to offer. I would also like to fight for students fourth and fifth period rights, such as, qualifying for fourth period frees for freshman and sophmores as well as the ability to leave campus before 3:35 on Fridays for all students. The sky's the limit for this upcoming school year and I promise that I can make it the best it can be.
What do you love most about Gilman?
I believe that the people at Gilman are what make it so amazing. From Mr. Huebeck, to Will Dowling, to Darnell in the lunchroom, the Gilman community is special to me in its entirety. I did not fall in love with Gilman because of beautiful buildings or rigorous math classes, I fell in love with Gilman because of the unique and interesting people who amaze me on a daily basis. Everyone involved with Gilman has made for the best six years of my life, and now I want to have a similar impact on the 2018-2019 student body. I promise that I would do everything within my power to make sure that everyone has as great of an experience at Gilman as I have.