Interview conducted by Matthew Lindzon, Esther Eisen & Josh Blatt
WHO IS SHE?
Favourite Subject/Course: Science
Favourite movie, book or TV show: The Office
Activities: Cookies For a Cure, Jewish Culture Club, Kumon Mathematics
WHAT THEY VALUE MOST
- School Community
Forest Hill C.I. is a very diverse group of students, with over 900 individuals. How will you ensure that you are representing all of these various opinions and voices?
One thing that amazes me about our school is the level of diversity and inclusion. I will represent the diversity of next year’s grade 10 class by giving them a platform to share their thoughts. I will use polls and homeroom visits to gain perspective on the opinions of my peers.
In one sentence, what do you think is the number one thing and/or most prevalent issue that students at Forest Hill CI want changed, fixed or introduced?
I think that the students of Forest Hill want more fun initiatives and opportunities to make a difference.
What makes you different than all of the other candidates?
What sets me apart from other candidates is my previous experience on a Student Council. At my middle school, I served as EcoSchools rep and held an executive position on the council. I enjoyed leading new initiatives that engaged the student body and faculty and made a positive impact in the school community. I think that my positive attitude sets me apart. I love connecting with other people and I believe that my friendly personality sets me apart.
The following questions and responses took place during live in-person interviews featuring Golden Falcon editorial staff. The responses are practically identical to the candidate’s responses.
What is your definition of leadership? What is your overarching purpose as a leader?
“My definition of leadership is everyone coming together and giving their ideas to one person or a bigger party and then that person reflecting everyone’s ideas to better the school.”
What, if anything, are you going to do to improve school spirit?
“So I think that the biggest problem facing school spirit is people not being aware of the events before they happen and not having enough time to get ready. I would use social media and make additional posters and going class to class to make sure that everyone is aware and also to make sure that people are going to get excited knowing that other people are participating too.”
How will you ensure that you are accurately representing your grade?
“I’ll make sure that I’m accurately representing my grade by using Google forms and Instagram forms and also going class to class to make sure that everyone is onboard with how the school is heading and that everyone’s ideas are being hard. I’ll also try to make myself available at lunch hours to make sure that I am getting everyone’s ideas and to make sure that everyone is happy and feeling included and like their opinion matters.”
In one year from today, what do you hope you have achieved? Be specific.
“In one year from today, I hope that I have done my part to bring the grade together and to separate the barriers between different groups and different social circles and make the grade more inclusive. I also want to make sure that everyone is motivated to have as much school spirit as they can and make sure that everyone is actually excited about all the amazing activities that Forest Hill has to offer and I want to inspire my peers to join clubs and take leadership roles within the school.”
Why did you rate inclusion as your top priority?
“I think one of the biggest problems facing Forest Hill is that within the first couple weeks of grade nine, you kind of find your group and you find the people who have similar values to you and you stick with them throughout the years and I think we should all try and branch out more and be friends with people who aren’t normally who we’d look for because I think that people are not having a chance to be friends with as many people as they can because of how they combine themselves. So I think that activities like grade 9 leadership day should continue in a way throughout the years at Forest Hill in that people are split up from people they normally spend their time with and they get to meet new people and even the people who don’t really have defined friend groups get to find who they want to surround themselves with.”
Why did you rate learning as your second priority?
“I think that at the end of the day, we come to school to learn and we come to school to better ourselves through education and although I really think that inclusion and school spirit and school community are very important, when it all comes down to it, we’re here to learn. I think that there should be some sort of motivation to do the best you can in your classes and I think that providing extra support for the peer tutoring group and all other programs like the math club and robotics club where you can really just have time to focus on what interests you is very important.”
Why did you rate a fun environment as your third priority?
“When I was in grade eight, I was the eco-school’s representative to the student council to the middle school. Basically what my job was is I would go to both student council meetings as an executive member and eco-school meetings as one of the club’s members and I would make sure that all of the activities corresponded and that the views of both clubs were considered. It was a difficult role because occasionally the student council would want to do something and they would not really consider the environmental impacts and eco-schools would do something and they wouldn’t consider how it would go on with kids with various ages. So, I worked to bring those groups together and I think I could apply that to my time at Forest Hill as a grade rep.”
Why should students vote for you over all of the other candidates?
“I think that my school spirit and passion for inclusiveness and learning sets me apart from all other candidates. I think that I am the right choice for this position because of my past experience on my student council when I was in middle school and I think that I have the social skills and the forward-thinking to drive this council to success and make this year as fun as it can be for everyone.”
Why do you think you should be the representative of your grade? What experience or skills do you have that will allow to deeply understand the mindset and values of your grade?
“I think that I should be the representative of my grade because I work well with others and I get along with people outside of my friend group and I find it very easy to connect with people. I think I’ll use my social platforms and possibly get the student council to make their own Instagram and use the poll feature and also make sure I am available at lunch hours so I can get the input of my fellow students and make sure that everyone’s voices are heard.”
You have the chance to say anything to the student body. What is it?
“‘You should believe in yourself and work as hard as you can in school and be nice to the people who you spend time with and just enjoy your time at Forest Hill and learn as much as you can.”
STATISTICS AND DATA
Improvement of Events and Activities
The candidate stated their opinion on each of the following activities, events and initiatives performed by the previous Student Councils in the last few years. They rated each initiative from 1-5 | 5 means the activity was perfect, and they would not like to change anything about it. 1 means the activity needs to be changed, it is a high priority for them and they are highly motivated to change it.
|Semi-Formal Dance||No preference|
|Halloween Dance||No preference|
|Number of Dances||4|
|United Way Week||3|
Editor’s note: Transcriptions of interviews were almost identical to candidate’s live responses. Filler words, such as “like” or “uh”, were removed for clarity.