Interview conducted by Matthew Lindzon, Esther Eisen & Josh Blatt
WHO IS HE?
Favourite Subject/Course: Math
Favourite movie, book or TV show: How I met your mother
Activities: Soccer Team, Part of the cast of “Noteworthy”, teach Sunday School at Church, have taught HTML and CSS in the past to elderly people, serve food after Sunday Mass service.
Best quality or skill: I’m a positive person
WHAT THEY VALUE MOST
- Freedom of speech
- School spirit
- 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?
Sometimes it is hard to keep oneself open minded when not all the input is heard. In order to effectively help everyone, I like to talk to a variety of students on whatever topic needs to be discussed. Whether through social media, or face to face. That way I can ensure everyone is heard.
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?
The difference between me and any other candidate is that I specifically applied to this position for a concrete reason. I am not trying to use this to achieve acceptance in university, or to compete against my friends. I aspire for others to attend a school that has a strong sense of community, unity, and school spirit. Next year will be a stepping stone towards that. I want my legacy within this school to help others live four memorable years at FHCI. So that when it is mentioned, it will be known for its events and excitement of a true high school experience.
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 not so much as being a boss, as if someone who gets others to do work for them. Instead, I think of a leader as someone who does the work alongside other people. A leader is also someone who knows who to address other people in order to achieve a desired goal in which everyone contributes. A successful leader is someone who knows how to place people in successful situations. My purpose as a leader in school would be to a find a sweet spot where people’s problems are addressed as well as the school’s problems. For example, lack of school is a problem that has been going on for years now. I think that to really address that as a leader would be to talk to other people and help them out because that is what a leader does. I trust other people to voice their opinions so we can achieve a desirable goals. My goal as a leader is to address the needs of others without bias. I want everyone to feel safe and heard.”
What, if anything, are you going to do to improve school spirit?
“There are many events in the school that have been publicized, and have been emphasized, but not in the right way. For example, the Halloween dance was not a huge success because of the how the event was advertised. I think the events haven’t been built up properly. To get students excited about events, I would organize some smaller events to get people more excited about it. For example, semi formal, I remember that before and after Fo Chella, there were little dances in the foyer and that event was a huge success. Even after Fo Chella, more students were playing music in the hallways and having a good time, showing that students have school spirit. This lasted for about 2 weeks, and this a thing that needs to be improved upon. The spirit is there, we just have to bring it out using exciting, well advertised events. Also, we need to address different minority groups. There are many cultures in Forest Hill that are not being addressed completely correctly, and if Forest Hill students would really get involved and join together as one community it would help bring the school up.”
What was your favourite event this year, and why?
“My favourite school event this was the semi formal, because it was an event that hadn’t gone on for many years. It wasn’t delivered and marketed perfectly, but the event itself was really fun. The attendance wasn’t amazing, but it was really nice to see students walk into the venue dressed up fancy and having fun, dancing. I could see that other students were getting really into it. I also felt a sense of unity within the school, the students 9 – 12 and different ethnic groups, popularity groups, they were all joining together as one and having a fun time.”
What was your least favourite event this year, and why?
“The Halloween dance was my least favourite because it was not well organized and was brought up out of the blue.”
In one year from today, what do you hope you have achieved? Be specific.
“I would like make Forest Hill have a better sense of community. The lack of school spirit has gone on for years. Though I have not been on student council or a prefect, I have been quite active in the school community and have gotten feedback from many different groups. I would like to have helped shape a school that has events that bring people together instead of separating people and for everyone to have a sense of community because we are all one group of people, the students of Forest hill.”
You said that you value freedom of speech the most, why is that? In addition, how will you implement these values next year?
“Freedom of speech is something that is valued not only in high school, but also in all communities. When it comes to freedom of speech in a school, it is something that has to be emphasized most because students need to have their voices heard. This does not need necessarily need to resemble a work place environment, where people come, work, punch in, and punch out. Freedom of speech is something that is really important because if students can have their voices heard through student council, it can make the school environment feel more safe and inclusive.”
Explain why you value school spirit.
“The lack of school spirit has been going on for years. It’s obviously something that needs to be addressed so students can have a better high school experience. For my first few years at Forest Hill, there were events that were going on but people were not so excited about them. This might be because the advertising done was not that effective. I think that school spirit can be improved through student council, as it should be a working ground for students in the future. If student council has a lot of school spirit, then the students will know that this is something that should be embodied. If we can address this problem effectively, it will slowly but surely improve.”
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||4|
|United Way Week||1|
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.