By Alison Wang ’17
The upcoming school year calls for new student government positions. Elections held on May 25 had a close call. Students worked laboriously to put their speeches together for the school’s senior and junior president, vice president, mayor, and comptroller.
“Student government is important because we are the voice of the school,” said Max Miloslavsky ’16, Senior Vice President.
“We fight to get things done that would better improve the school. Sometimes we succeed and sometimes we don’t but its most important to not give up.”
Speeches were given on May 23 and 24 during fourth period in the auditorium. Voting took place on May 25 in the cafeteria starting second period.
“I loved the part when Nigel dabbed after his speech,” said Sherry Chen ’17. “His jokes lightened up the mood of everyone.”
The school utilized voting booths in 2014, according to Ms. Marcia Kaufman, the coordinator of student activities, but then they to be too expensive. Thus, for the past two years, the voting was done by hand on paper. There were four categories: senior president, vice president, mayor, and comptroller.
Under each of the categories, there were names and check a box. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors were asked to check one, and hand it in anonymously.
“As a freshman, this is the first time I’ve ever experienced voting,” said Mabel Wang ’19. “It does make me feel wanted as a whole.”
There are requirements, applicants have to meet to run. Zenab Jamil ’17, Junior President, is rerunning for second year as president. Jamil said applicants had to fill out an application, get three teacher recommendations, and have 50 signatures (or 100 if you’re running for mayor or comptroller) to be qualified to run. Each applicant has to have at least an 80 or above overall average in order to be considered as a running candidate. According Kaufman, the president and vice president are both equal and work hand in hand with each other. Members come together once a month. They meet with the principal and discuss potential changes that can be made. The president looks over the senior activities pertaining to prom, senior days, trips, and venues.
“I tried to help everyone in anyway I could and it made me a better leader by making me more empathetic,” said Miloslavsky. Each role requires a dedicated and attentive soul.
“I hope to have input and ideas from all the constituents of Midwood,” said Wensa Pierre ’17, who ran for Senior Vice President. Pierre stated in her speech that she will plan more activities that will make everyone feel welcome to join no matter the circumstances.
Also, to further help the financially unstable students, Pierre wishes to start a fundraising group.
“I hope to have a March Madness Festival, which would include competition, dances, cultural parties, movie nights, and pep rallies,” said Pierre. “I would like it if students got out of their cliques and socialized with other students that are not of the same background.”
Another role in the student government is the comptroller, who takes care of the school budgets and funds. For example, if a team needs money and does not collect an entry fee at the gate, money will be funded to them.
Money made from selling General Organization card (G.O card) are use for funds such as Argus. “A comptroller has the responsibility to balance the budget equally and benefit the teams as much as possible,” said Nozima Omonullaeva ’16, Comptroller. “Thus this helps to influence the student body involved in the school activities.”
According to Pierre, the mayor is in charge of all four classes and acts as “the face of the school.” They represent the school and makes decisions regarding all class levels, while the president is delegated to represent one class.
“It takes two to make changes and in this case, it’s the staff and the students,” said Clifford Young ’17, candidate for mayor. Vice President Pierre feels ecstatic about her victory. This win is a stepping stone to greater achievements.
“To the new vice president, I would say to always be on board with the president,” Miloslavsky ’16. “Fighting with each other never solves anything.” Omonullaeva said, “The new comptroller should use this opportunity to shape the student body in relation to money should be taken seriously.”