by Madison Marko – Photographer
The votes are in, campaigning is complete, and our 2018-2019 ASB and class representatives have been chosen. Cassie Padilla (11) will lead the charge as ASB President.
From cancelled dances, to food trucks put out-of-commission, to 43 percent of ASB and class election positions running unfilled, there is no denying that we have a participation problem. Next years’ officers are not blind to the issue, and know they have their work cut out for them. Padilla said, “School spirit will be a big focus for me. Aside from that, I think school is ‘getting through the day’ for people. I want students to be friendlier to one another. I do not want people to go through their four years and not remember anything.”
Future Junior Class Treasurer and self-proclaimed “very shy kid” Alyssa Geolamin (10), stepped out of her comfort zone to run for her position. She also has concerns about general disinterest within the school. She said, “We need to listen to the student body and staff more because if we do hear their opinions, people will know we care and be encouraged to get more involved.”
Sikali Vidal (11), who will be Senior Class Vice President, is well-versed in student government. Before transferring here sophomore year, he served as the class treasurer at Skyline High School. As a senior class official, his main objective will be to assist the class of 2019 with problems like the prom ticket costs. Vidal said, “I want to do a lot of good fundraising by increasing participation from the student body. To do that we need to find things that the student body is interested in so we can make money and have a good year overall.”
At the end of the day, it is the job of the student government to be a voice for their peers. Padilla said, “I am an open ear. It is not just my leadership, it is everybody’s. You do not have to be the president to make change. If you have ideas, I am totally willing to hear you out. I want to make next year the best year, not just for me, but for everyone.”