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President and Vice President Candidates:
Hello fellow Sturgis students! I am Tyler Holbert Catania and I hope to be your next president. I have been involved in Student Council since freshman year. This last year I was the Junior rep! I don't want to be like any cliché president with the line "I want to make a difference". This is because I want you to make the difference. We are just the people that will work to get it done. Only together can we make this next year truly memorable. I am involved in other extracurriculars besides Student Council such as Model UN and Relay for Life. I want you all to come to me with ideas and advice and things that you want in the upcoming year. I truly believe that Chris will be a committed member and will take on the role as VP. He is motivated and willing to put in all the necessary work. This will be my fourth consecutive year on the council, and I am ready to face any obstacle, while upholding the responsibilities as President if given the opportunity. I plan to keep the club focused and productive, while still having fun. Being president is something that I have always wanted to do at Sturgis and I feel as though Senior year is the best time to do it. This year I want Student Council to create events that will spark the most interest from the student body with communication through Twitter and other social media. Lastly, we want to create an awesome year for the upcoming seniors, the current freshman as they embark on their second year in Sturgis, and the upcoming juniors who face one of the toughest challenges I have ever faced: the IB. I hope we earn your vote and we become the next Vice President and President of the year 2016.
I am Chris Neuman, known to some as “Gibby”, and I hope to be your next Vice President. Currently, I participate in many extracurriculars such as year-round sports, ski club, and Model UN. Additionally, I am the acting president of the Business Club which shows I am committed and ready to embark on any challenge faced if I take on the role as Student Council Vice President. Although I have not been very active through the Student Council in previous years, I have collaborated with them greatly throughout my Business Club years in events such as the annual Dodgeball event and Field Day. It is also important to know that my running mate, Tyler, has been involved since freshman year at Sturgis and was even the Junior Representative this year for Student Council. He is more than qualified for the role as President. We are friendly and approachable so feel free to come up to us anytime with questions and concerns. We want to represent you all and build an enjoyable year for all of us!
Why does Caroline Sullivan and Molly Nemes want to run for President and Vice President of Student Council? Not only are we a dream team, but we have also been active members of student council for the past two year. This gives us experience to continue the amazing work of Stuco. We’ve also had the chance to look it all over, see some mistakes, and fix them for the future. One major problem is communication: communication to the staff and students and even communication in our own club. We are going to make it our mission to fix that. One way to fix communication with the students is to give them news through the things they always have: their phones. We will make them feel comfortable and open to that idea. We’ll let them know the kind of events and stuff that Stuco is up to. This will help with dances and other Stuco supported events. The way we can fix communications in the club is to add a more gentle yet aggressive approach so we can get stuff done faster, even have emergency meetings every once and awhile, because they are very much needed sometimes. We are very friendly people who won't be afraid to get the word out and just make everyday school life better for everyone. We are open to any ideas, and will know which ones are best for the student body. We have filled in for our present leaders, Maggie and Liam, when they were doing mocks. We worked really well together.
We are strong, friendly and easily approachable people who are ready to give the student body what they want. We've been getting stuff done since 1999 and we plan to continue that. We have already made it our goal to set out, get new club members and ideas, and continue to keep Stuco a strong club. Thank you!
***The new Secretary will be Hannah Trelegan who ran in an uncontested race. Congrats, Hannah!
Hello, Sturgis East! I’m Sophie Gibson and I am running for the position of Student Council’s treasurer. I have been involved with student councils since I was my class representative in second grade, including holding the position of Vice President in my fifth grade year. After being at a variety of schools in Virginia and beyond, I think I have a unique perspective on the capacities of student groups in schools and I would love to be given the ability to exercise some of my experience as pertaining to the finances of our Student Council.
I am incredibly interested in finances (let me know if you’re interested as to why I’ve started my retirement account!) and am extremely willing to spend the necessary time investigating as to how to best use our money in our school community and beyond. I have also had several meetings with Laura, your current treasurer, and have gotten notes and tips from her that can help our Student Council to function as well as it has this year moving forward. I was largely involved in the senior gift bags this year along with aiding in the preparation for and execution of Student Council’s other events this year.
Sturgis East has many great opportunities to come together as a school community and have fun, but we also have the capacity to do great good in our community outside of school. As treasurer, I would be very interested in collaborating with other clubs and school groups to find the most effective way to use our resources for the greater good. I want to improve upon the practices and events of our current Student Council.
Thank you for your consideration and don’t forget to vote Sophie Gibson for treasurer Thursday!
My name is Nellie Marshall-Torres and I’d like to run for treasurer of Student Council. I think that I’m capable of contributing to dances in the creative aspects, the working aspects, and the financial aspects. I was the main organizer of the Go Green Fashion show this year and I’ve dealt with all the different aspects of organizing an event.
I’ve talked to Molly Nemes and Connor Holmes and I understand what needs to be done in student council and I feel as though I have valuable opinions to contribute to the group. I think that Student Council is a strong club with a lot of dedicated members that I can work well with. Go Storm!
Senior Representative Candidates:
Hey guys! I’m Lauren Benedict and I am running to be the Senior Rep. Although I have not been involved with Student Council in previous years, I think it would be a great opportunity to be the representative of the senior class. I am willing to put in all of the required work and attend every meeting. I want to include everyone’s opinion and incorporate our class into new events. I hope to make Student Council a much more approachable club for anyone that wants to be involved in what’s going on here at Sturgis. One of my goals if I get elected is to make STUCO a club that anyone can feel at ease to join and be a part of- that way we get the opportunity to include the voices of everyone in the school. I also really want to focus on enhancing the school spirit of our class especially during spirit week- come on guys... we lost to the sophomores last year, there’s no way I’m letting that happen again. I’ve always been a super social person and I’m totally willing to meet and talk with anyone that wants to bring their ideas to Sturgis. I’ve been involved in clubs like Mock Trial and MUN in the past, and I recently took on a leadership role on the lacrosse team. I am a fresh voice and with your help, I hope to bring a new view into the council.
Hello, my name is Victor Dominatto, and with a bit of your help I hope to be the Senior Representative for the class of 2016 next year. Not only am I an all season swimmer and member of the Sturgis soccer team, but I am an active member in Student Council and have been for the past three years. Within that time I have helped with planning and coordinating many of our events such as Spirit Week, Field Day, Homecoming, One Day One Goal, Sturgis United and even the little things like handing out donuts during break or hot chocolate in the Winter. Ever since my freshman year I have seen Student Council change and I understand many of its inner workings. We aren’t fundraisers- we are fun-raisers. I know for sure that we get that part accomplished with each and every smile.
As I said before I am a swimmer and my team motto is to "Never Give in". As Senior Representative I plan to live by this motto making sure all the voices of our class are heard. So now I leave you with this. To my fellow SENIORS, I hope I can earn your vote on Thursday, June 11th. Let’s end our high school journey with a big bang. If you vote me as Senior Representative, I will listen to your thoughts and suggestions for improvement, pass them on to the council, and help to make this coming year great! Thank you.
**Junior Representative will be Connor Holmes who ran in an uncontested race. Congrats to Connor!
Sophomore Representative Candidates:
I, Theo Calianos should be selected for Sophomore Representative because I think I can change this school for the better. I would help see if the sophomores can have an extra field trip or more classes outside. I would help out with new clubs too. The possibilities are endless if I am voted for Sophomore Representative.
Hello, my name is Matthew Donahue, and I am running for Sophomore Rep. I believe that you should vote for me, as I have experience on my side, having been the Freshman Rep this year. This year, I attended all the meetings, was thoughtful and attentive, and contributed any ideas that I had. I will continue to give my time and efforts for our grade, and I will be sure to bring more helpful ideas to ensure next year will be the best that it can be. Thanks!
I’ve always wanted to take on a leadership role at Sturgis, and being a class representative seems like a great place to start. I ran for representative last year, and although I did not get the candidate position, I gained something even greater. I had the opportunity to work with others in so many fun projects in Student Council. I am always happy to hear when there is another event coming up in the week. I’m grateful to earn a part in organizing and carrying out the plans and preparations. I’ve made so many friends in Student Council and I would love to work with them again next year as part of the Executive Council. I can’t wait to share my ideas during the next few years to come.
In my freshman year alone, I have been an active member of Key Club, Animal Welfare, and Student Council, along with all of the events involved in each. In addition, I’ve also been on the varsity teams for field hockey in the fall, basketball in the winter, and now lacrosse in the spring. This proves that I have great time managing skills because I always set aside time for homework and studying for tests, and I’ve never gotten anything less than a high B on my report cards. If I can keep up my grades and busy lifestyle, then I can manage being a representative for my Sophomore class as well. It would be great to contribute my thoughts and ideas as part of the Executive Council. Even if I’m not successful, I’m a determined person and will be committed to helping the club persevere. I’m Jill Doyle, and I want to be your Sophomore Representative!