Interview conducted by Matthew Lindzon, Esther Eisen & Josh Blatt
WHO IS HE?
Favourite Subject/Course: English or Economics
Activities: Indoor Soccer, Investment Club
WHAT THEY VALUE MOST
- A fun environment
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?
As social media manager, anyone can approach me at any time and I would be comfortable with discussing any concerns and issues and seeking out a solution to the problem. At the same time, I also plan on establishing an anonymous opinion box that students can use to voice their concerns.
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?
What makes you different than all of the other candidates?
As Secretary and Social Media Manager, I believe that I can be very effective. In my position, I would like to establish a larger and stronger social media presence that is more interactive with students. In addition, as the liaison between the student body and the student council, I would work with other council members to convey ideas to the student body and vice versa. Additionally, although bullying and harassment isn’t much of a problem at FHCI, I would like to start an anti-bullying campaign that would reach out to students and hopefully spread a positive vibe.
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?
“I believe a leader is someone who goes above and beyond, and wants to do the best for not only the community, but [also] for everyone around him. I believe in my position – I can be a leader through acting as a liaison between the student body and the student council, in a way [where] I can communicate with the student council, give their ideas to the student body, and vice versa. Just acting as a leader through my position.”
What initiatives would you undertake to make the student council information more accessible?
“More clarity, basically. If the student council makes a decision, the people who should hear about it first is the student body, because we’re making the decisions for [them]. In terms of initiatives – setting up social media pages to get them informed and involved in certain issues, and that sort of thing [would work].”
In one year from today, what do you hope you have achieved? Be specific.
“Basically, one year from today, I would like to increase the clarity between the student body and student council – keep the student body informed of any decisions that the student council makes, and at the same time let the student body know about any upcoming school events they need to know about. I also know that in this school, bullying isn’t that big of a problem, but I would like to establish an anti-bullying page to help anyone who’s been going through any problems, or to help them along the way, basically.”
Why did you rate a fun environment as your number one value?
“Basically, I think a fun environment is the most important thing in the school, because if you don’t have an environment in which you want to come to or work in, then I don’t think you’d feel comfortable doing your best. I think that in terms of what’s really important to students, a fun environment would definitely be a thing that’s up there.”
Why did you rate communication as your second most important value?
“As I expanded on before, I think that what students really want is clarity, and to able to be informed on decisions, events, and that sort of thing.”
Why did you rate inclusion as your second most important value?
“In terms of inclusion, I think that everyone wants to be included in certain events.”
You rated the Semi-Formal event and the number of dances on the lower end of events in terms of quality. Why?
“I think that it didn’t have a very big effect on the students, in terms of people who wanted to go. I heard a lot of complaints about going to Semi-Formal – how it was established, how it was run… I think that the idea was really good, but there are a couple changes that can be made to make sure it’s more of a success this year. The number of dances was not really my concern, but a lot of people that I heard from were really concerned about the number of dances in this school. So, I know that there aren’t that many dances – I don’t personally go to that many, to be honest – but that was one of the concerns from other students.”
Why should students vote for you over all of the other candidates?
“Well, I believe that I have a couple of initiatives that make me stand out [compared to] the other candidates. Obviously, I don’t want to talk down [about] any of the candidates, but I want to offer more clarity between the student council and the student body, and I’ll be able to do that through social media – Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, whatever. The other thing is… I know that it isn’t a big issue in this school, but bullying always seems to be present in a high school environment, so I want to establish an anti-bullying campaign to help out anyone who’s been in trouble or could potentially could be in trouble in the future.”
You have the chance to say anything to the student body. What is it?
“I want them to think that I’m going to work hard to provide clarity, like I said before. To let them be informed on certain decisions made by student council, and events that are coming up. I think that one of the problems in high school is that a lot of things are going on, and what [the student body] really wants to know is what’s going on in a certain point in time. Basically, I think that social media reps and secretaries in the past have done a good job, but I hope to expand on that progress, as I’ve said multiple times now, to provide that clarity and openness. Hopefully they’ll vote for me on May 11th!”
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.
|Number of Dances||2|
|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.