Q and A with ASB election candidates

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Voting for the upcoming ASB elections begin on May 4. Below, you can find Q+As with each candidate running for office.

Head Row

President

Aidan Dayani

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in this position?

A: I hope to accomplish becoming the president of the school and having the ability to give my input on what happens around our school.

Q:  Why did you decide to run?

A: I have 2 years of past experience in ASB and have developed leadership skills that I now have the opportunity of apply to the ASB class next year. 

Q: What makes you a good candidate for your position?

A: I have developed skills about being a leader, which makes me more qualified to be president than any of my other peers. 

Q: Why should people vote for you instead of abstaining?

A: If I’m not elected, that leaves the school without a president which would be very difficult for the class in school to navigate next year.

Q: What would be the first thing you would do if you are elected?

A: If I was elected, I’d start by building a foundation for the class and teaching our future leaders about what it means to be a leader.

Q: What challenges have you had to overcome during this election?

A: I’ve had a challenge of not being able to see all the students to campaign due to the fact that some students are not coming to school. 

Vice President

Ashley Jourabchi

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in your position?

A: As Head Row Vice President, I hope to regain what everybody lost in this past year. No matter what grade you are in, everybody has lost something, even if it’s really big or really small. I plan to make this next year a year to remember. I plan to bring new events to the table, like different pep rallies in spirit weeks that Beverly has never done before and glow-in-the-dark events to get students back together again. 

Q: Why did you decide to run?

A: I decided to run for Head Row Vice President because, in this past year, I was sophomore class president, and I have such a passion for ASB. I loved how I connected with the school and different faculty members, and I decided that I should take a more significant role because I love doing my job. I enjoy being the face of the student body and being able to hear them all out. 

Q: What makes you a good candidate for your position?

A:  I believe that I’m a good candidate for the position because throughout the last year, by facing the challenges of having to do events on Zoom and completely scratching the old events that we used to do, I learned how to take advantage of what we have and work with it. I was also able to raise hundreds of dollars for the sophomore class throughout various fundraisers at different locations. I learned how to use Instagram to connect with students and be there any time people had questions or concerns. 

Q: What sets you apart from other candidates running for this position?

A: I would say what sets me apart from my other candidates running for the position is the amount of passion I have for doing my job. I want to be there to enjoy doing it, and I enjoy taking ideas and putting my creative spin on them.  I love doing things that people haven’t done before to bring the school together. 

Q: What would be the first thing you would do if you are elected?

A:  The first thing I would do if I were to be elected is bringing back certain events and do more things we haven’t seen before to get the students excited. For example, I would do a pep rally where all students are given glow sticks and dress all in black. Then the lights would go off, and it would be surreal. I would make sure that the following year, all students have their voices heard at all times. If there’s any confusion, I would want them to feel comfortable enough to approach me and ask questions. 

Q: What challenges have you had to overcome during this election?

A: Some challenges that I would have had to overcome during the election is figuring out ways to reach out to students who are not personally in school. I also had to figure out how to make sure people know that I’m running. I also wanted people to understand why I believe I’d be a great candidate for the position, as well as my platform.

Ella Revivo

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in your position?

A: I think the lack of school spirit here at Beverly is definitely alarming. Growing up seeing all these high school pep rallies and spirit days in movies made me realize that our school really needs to up the spirit. So, in turn, I hope to bring a newfound sense of enthusiasm and excitement about our school with colors, crowds and fun. I also want to provide a safe space where students can openly express themselves and feel confident.

Q: Why did you decide to run?

A: When I was a freshman in high school, I didn’t even know ASB existed. I think awareness about all the things Beverly has to offer is important. I am running to inspire others to jump out of their comfort zones and try new things just like I did with ASB.

Q: What makes you a good candidate for your position?

A: I understand the difficulties of trying to navigate yourself through the depths of high school, and that alone is difficult. I want to make school enjoyable so waking up at seven in the morning doesn’t seem like a task anymore. I will involve students who want to be heard and encourage those who don’t to speak up. As the current [Head Row] Vice President, it is my job to be the student body and make them feel heard and understood. 

Q: What sets you apart from other candidates running for this position?

A: I have been in ASB for two years and currently hold this position. I know and understand the best methods to go about my responsibilities. I have great relationships with the entire ASB family and to me, that is what’s most important. ASB is a family that represents the school and our ability to deliver what the students want depends solely on our ability to work and communicate as a team.

Q: What would be the first thing you would do if you are elected?

A: The first thing I would do if I was elected is ask students what they want. I am sure that, given the circumstances, it is easy to feel stomped on or silenced. Sometimes simplicity speaks louder than a big ‘shabang,’ so I will simply ask what you guys want.

Q: What challenges have you had to overcome during this election?

A: Like everyone else COVID-19 has hit me hard. It has been difficult to create events and fundraisers when in-person activities are so rare. There are a lot of things behind the scenes where ASB is constantly pushing for events that sometimes get rejected due to COVID restrictions.

Secretary

Kevin Manavi

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in your position?

A: In my position as the ASB head row Secretary, I hope to listen to the voices of students, and to create a more involved student body overall. 

Q: Why did you decide to run?

A: I started ASB in sophomore year and the reason I ran there was because I was just bored with school. But this year I’ve decided to run because I want to know that what I’m doing at school every day has some small effect on the overall happiness of my peers. 

Q: What makes you a good candidate for your position?

A: I’m a good candidate for this position because I have two prior years of experience in ASB.

Q: Why should people vote for you instead of abstaining?

A: People should vote for me instead of abstaining because the ASB head row secretary is what holds together ASB.  They’re the person that takes all the notes, that does all the purchase orders, so without a secretary ASB as a whole will be worse.

Q: What would be the first thing you would do if you are elected?

A: Once I’m elected, I want to set up weekly or monthly forums in which students can come and explain what they wish the associated student body would be doing for them.

Q: What challenges have you had to overcome during this election?

A: There haven’t been that many challenges mostly because I am running alone. But the main challenge is just getting your name out there.

Treasurer

Daniel Burns

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in your position?

A: In my position, I hope to approve and facilitate events coming up next school year, including many of which will finally be in a hybrid or in person model. In addition, I hope to approve more school clubs to use ASB funds, such as within DECA or Business Robotics.

Q: Why did you decide to run?

A: I decided to run to improve upon what I learned as Junior Treasurer. As Head Row treasurer, I will overview the funds received from fundraisers of all grade levels and use spreadsheets to track funds; which is an important skill for me to learn and use more in the future.

Q: What makes you a good candidate for your position?

A: My skills and the passion I have for this type of position are why I am a good candidate for this position. I am already fairly familiar with spreadsheets, as well as skilled in graphic design if needed for events or fundraisers. One should vote for me rather than abstaining as the person then chosen for this position might not have the passion, dedication, or skill set for the position.”

Q: What would be the first thing you would do if you are elected?

A: The first thing I will do if I am elected is plan ahead for events next school year, as well as collaborate and communicate with Trish Garcia.

Student Board Member

Eli Ramer

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in your position?

A: As a student board member, I hope to make the position into something that really represents the students at Beverly, like it was designed to do, advocate for the student position on most issues that the board discusses [by] providing my opinion and the opinion of the student body at large. I also plan to create a Student Board Member’s Advisory Council of students from all grade levels and all backgrounds, just to make sure that I have the most developed stances on whatever issues the board is discussing so that I can best represent [the student body].”

Q: Why did you decide to run?

A: I decided to run for student board member because I’ve seen the wonderful effects that student advocacy can have. I’ve also been watching board meetings for quite some time and I’ve come to realize that the student input is truly one of the most important aspects of those board meetings. Their decisions cannot be made completely accurately unless a voice of the students is there and I would absolutely be honored to be that voice of the students.

Q: What makes you a good candidate for your position?

A: I’m a good candidate for this position because I’ve been involved in ASB since middle school and [I am currently] serving as junior class Vice President. In that role, I have communicated with administration pretty frequently, either monthly or multiple times per month. I’ve also served as a member of the School Site Council, where I advocated for the student point of view to administration, to other teachers and to parents of the district. I’ve also served as PTSA liaison providing the student perspective and giving updates about school activities to the Parent, Teacher and Student Association, really making sure that the ‘S’ is prominent. Then jumping to the school board, while it would allow me to represent many many more people, it would also not be too large of a jump from these previous interactions with adults I’ve had as a voice of the students. So, these prior experiences where I advocated for [the student body] really make me the best candidate.

Q: What sets you apart from other candidates running for this position?

A: My former experience, advocating for the student voice on many different levels of our education here, as well as my work in student advocacy with organizations like the California Association of Student Councils (CASC), where I’m writing proposals and other items that may be read by policymakers on the state level, and my general drive to represent [the student body] to the best of my abilities, and as well to make sure that [the student body] truly feel[s] represented on the school board.

Q: What would be the first thing you would do if you are elected?

A: The first thing I’d do is get an application made and sent out for that Student Board Member Advisory Council because I’d like to start having preliminary meetings over the summer just to get a baseline set and build the relationship between the members that way they can provide the most open feedback when it comes to certain issues amongst themselves. As well as sending out polls to the student body to kind of test the water and see what they want to see from the student board member specifically and also any issue within the district currently that they believe is one of the most important to them.

Q: What challenges have you had to overcome during this election?

A: Both campaigning online and in-person has been a very interesting thing. I wouldn’t exactly call it a difficulty, but I would say that it has provided an extra challenge and that I’ve had to make campaign materials both for social media and for in-person. I made two posters that have hung up on campus and I’ve also been passing out buttons. Also on social media, I’ve made many posts about my platform, as well as trying to take polls as often as I can. So, just the general idea that campaigning can both be online and in-person has proven to be a slight challenge this year.

Leia Gluckman

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in this position? 

A: I have a three-prong plan. Essentially, my focus will be on fostering a culture of inclusivity, which includes access to menstrual products. I also want to incorporate inclusivity in our narrative and our curriculum and increasing civic education and engagement. I want to ensure equal access to education for all members of our student body by eliminating barriers that prevent students from fully participating, which is the reason I want to provide essential menstrual products. I want to diversify the narrative of our curriculum by including more diverse books in class literature or in our textbooks. I want to increase civic engagement by advocating for more school-sanctioned opportunities for constructive conversations that reinforce learning outside of the classroom.

Q: Why did you decide to run? 

A: I’ve been thinking about running since middle school. I’ve always noticed that for the past five years, the student board representative has been male. I didn’t even know that we’ve had two female student board members in the past. I didn’t want to run just for the gender aspect of it, but also because I’ve always been fascinated by education policy. I found myself advocating for students for opportunities that I’ve always wanted to have, knowing that I wouldn’t get to fully enjoy them, but wanting that for future students. In the middle school, there’s a sense of community that we don’t have and I want to create that sense of community for other students in the high school. As the student board representative, I can have the opportunity to represent the students across the district in an act of change, rather than being a “yes man.”

Q: What do you think makes you a good candidate for this position? 

A: I’m vocal. I’m not afraid to step up, but I also know when to listen. I want to listen and I want to hear from the students in any way, shape or form, whether that’s through text message or through a Google Form. I want to be a representative of the students and I want them to feel like I’m accessible so they can share their concerns with me and know that I will do something about it. I won’t just nod my head and smile, I will truly represent the student body.

Q: What do you think sets you apart from your opponent? 

A: My platform. I think it comes down to both of our platforms, so I hope that people will take the time to learn about each one. I think both of us are qualified in different areas, we both have differing visions and we have different personalities. I hope that the students will take the time to know each of us.

Q: What would be the first thing you would do if you were elected? 

A: I would get to know each Board member, find out what is important to them and take the time to earn their respect because once people respect you, they’re more likely to listen to you and take you seriously. If I want to get things done, I need to have the Board members’ ears and their respect, and that comes by finding common ground and getting to know one another. 

Q: What challenges have you overcome throughout this election? 

A: Virtual campaigning is difficult, especially when you want people to hear your message. We get one flyer online, so that needs to be something powerful. Also, getting out of my comfort zone has also been something that I’ve had to do. I didn’t want to lose a piece of myself while running this campaign. When you’re running for office, you have to think about what appeals to the people, so sometimes candidates lose sight of their platforms. It was of the utmost importance to me that I stay true to my platform and true to who I am throughout this process.

Senior Row

President

William Harris

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in this position?

A: I have seen the school spirit at BHHS fall in the past few years. I want to bring back the excitement to school and the love for our community that I feel has been forgotten. I want our extra curricular activities, such as basketball and football games, to be at full attendance and have the students want to be there to support out school and community.

Q: Why did you decide to run? 

A: I decided to run for my position because I feel like I can make a true difference in our school. I have seen nothing change within our school even though there were countless amounts of promises to make change, the school has yet to see these promises made. I know that if I am elected I will make our school a better environment for everyone.

Q: What do you think makes you a good candidate for this position? 

A: I am a good candidate because I am a go getter. Whenever I set my mind to something, I apply persistence and ambition and I make it happen. I think this school is in dire need of someone like that to save it’s spirit. I feel like I can understand the students wants and needs and ultimately make their dream high school experience come true.

Q: What do you think sets you apart from your opponent? 

A: What sets me apart from other candidates is that I will be a true voice for the students. I will do everything in my power to make sure that every upcoming senior will have a senior year to remember, and I will also set the example to our underclassmen of what the school can be like if everyone comes together and we can truly restore the lost BHHS school spirit.

Q: What would be the first thing you would do if you were elected? 

A: The first thing that I will do if I am elected is first thank everyone for believing in me, and after that I will get to work trying to make our senior year as best as possible. I will promote school events and I will be at as many events as I possibly can to show my support for our classmates. I will also be trying to get as many students to come with me and make BHHS events fun again. I will also try to eliminate the idea of being too cool to attend events like these. I want people to know that high school is a very stressful time in a lot of peoples lives and I know many students go through so much in their day to day life and I want to have school almost be an escape, a place where students can be who they are and what they have always wanted to be. Ultimately, I want everyone to have a memorable year.

Q: What challenges have you overcome throughout this election? 

A: Some challenges that I have had to overcome during this election is the obvious fact that COVID-19 is still affecting us and causing many students to be at school. COVID has restricted large gatherings which has made it hard to get your message across to the students. So I have been pushing my campaign over social media and I have been individually texting people, letting them know on what I plan to achieve. There is also a debate that I will be participating in to try and get the word out and to try to get as many people as I can. Overall there has been obstacles, but I feel like with social media it makes it so much easier to spread the word.

Kevin Masjedian

Masjedian did not respond in time for publication.

Vice President

Mimi Kessler

Kessler did not respond in time for publication.

Representative

Adrianna  Shnayderman

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in this position?

A: I am hoping to make the class of 2022 more engaged into the senior activities of the committee that I am going to plan. As it’s been a tough time with COVID, I feel that our grade has not had enough engagement with each other which is going to affect the way our senior year plays out and I want to be able to fix that at BHHS.I am hoping to make the class of 2022 more engaged into the senior activities of the committee that I am going to plan. As it’s been a tough time with COVID, I feel that our grade has not had enough engagement with each other which is going to affect the way our senior year plays out and I want to be able to fix that at BHHS.

Q: Why did you decide to run?

A: I am an organized, hardworking and ambitious individual that will always give 100% effort in order to make all of our school’s events run smoothly.

Q: What do you think makes you a good candidate for this position? 

A: I think I am a good candidate for this position because I am very good with social media. I think a great way to get peoples opinions and interactions is through social media and that’s where I come into play as a representative. 

Q: Why should people vote for you instead of abstaining?

A: People should vote for me because I truly care for the student body and feel that I could voice everyone’s opinions. I would make a great representative because I am able to communicate and connect with others very easily.

Q: What would be the first thing you would do if you were elected? 

A: The first thing I would is create a social media profile where I can create polls to get new ideas for the upcoming year. Everyone’s voice matters and that’s why I would love to get each and everyone’s opinion on what they believe we should bring into the new school year.

Q: What challenges have you overcome throughout this election?

A: There haven’t really been any challenges for me except the stress of just becoming elected because it is a race and it can be stressful to put on a position for your grade.

 

Junior Row

President

Maxine Forouzan

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in your position?

A: For my position, Junior Row President, I hope to benefit everyone’s needs. Doing this will allow me to hear everyone’s voice in order to accomplish my position as president. 

Q: Why did you decide to run? 

I decided to run for Junior Row President because I wanted to allow everyone’s voices to be heard. Many people are scared or intimidated to tell people about their opinions, but I wanted to defy the odds of being a president for my class and let everyone’s voice be heard. 

Q: What makes you a good candidate for your position? 

A: I am a good candidate for the junior row president because I have always wanted everyone to come together and be like a family. When I am elected I will make everyone come together in order for our junior year to be amazing.

Q: What sets you apart from other candidates running for this position?

What sets me apart from the other candidates is my vision for the future of our junior year. I aspire to let everyone be comfortable speaking their opinions so we could all have an amazing junior year together. I am set apart from the other candidates because I want to accept everyone’s perspective and opinions so we can all come together.

Q: What would be the first thing you would do if you are elected?

A: The first thing I would do if I were elected would be raising money so our junior year can go swiftly. Raising money for our year will allow us to embark on opportunities that previous years were unable to have due to their decline of funds. 

Q: What challenges have you had to overcome during this election?

A: Challenges that I had to overcome during the election was my ability to not be able to support the other candidates who were running. I am a big believer of supporting everyone so it was difficult to not be able to support my fellow classmates during election.

Amelia Teschner

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in your position as Junior Row President? 

A: As Junior Row President, I hope to bring our class together and establish a sense of community. I intend to make school spirit a priority as well as fundraising for our class.

Q: Why did you decide to run? 

A: I decided to run because I wanted to use this as an opportunity to get to know my class and get involved at Beverly.

Q: What makes you a good candidate for Junior Row President?

A: I am a very approachable person and I’m passionate about helping people. I am also a good listener and want to make sure that everyone’s voices are heard. I will take everyone’s opinions and feelings into account to best represent our class.

Q: What sets you apart from other candidates running for this position? 

A: I would say that one of my stronger qualities is that I am very empathetic and have a very big heart. Often when I hear someone is struggling or that there is a problem, I take it as a personal challenge and do my best to help. I want to create a space where everyone feels comfortable voicing their thoughts and concerns.

Q: What would be the first thing you would do if you are elected? 

A: If I am elected, the first thing I would do is I would talk to my class and make sure that everyone was feeling safe with the current covid restrictions and felt comfortable coming back to school.

Q: What challenges have you had to overcome during this election?

A: I would say the most challenging part about this election is that I am a transfer student who has so far only done remote learning at Beverly. I haven’t had the opportunity to meet a ton of people, which makes it harder for me to campaign. I look forward to attending in-person school and getting to know the rest of my class.

Vice President

Natalya Forys

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in your position? 

A: As vice president, I hope to accomplish many things.I will ensure that the transition to in-person school is safe, effective and [I will] prioritize that all students’ concerns, questions and voices are heard. Let’s make next year the best yet.

Q: Why did you decide to run?

A: I decided to run for vice president because I’ve seen and experienced how difficult this past year has been. I know the struggles of online school and I wanted to be involved in making next year an easy and stress-free experience.

Q: What makes you a good candidate for your position?

A: What makes me a good candidate is that I love being involved in our school. I am a fun and outgoing person that wants the best for our rising juniors.

Q: What sets you apart from other candidates running for this position?

A: I think anyone taking this time and effort to run for elected office in ASB loves this school and wants to make a difference in BHHS. But, I hope that my experiences in our athletic program, clubs and other school run activities would help prepare me as vice president. 

Q: What would be the first thing you would do if you are elected?

A: The first thing I would do is begin planning and working with other student body members on the greatest comeback ever. If elected, I hope to plan fun events and fundraisers to make the 2021 and 2022 school year great.

Q: What challenges have you had to overcome during this election?

A: A challenge I’ve had to overcome is not being able to meet new classmates during these times of COVID restrictions. However, I am excited to see everyone next school year when, hopefully, school is back to normal. 

Natasha Magrefte

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in your position?

A: If I win the position of Junior Vice President, there are many things that I hope to accomplish. For example, I hope to create a school environment in which every student feels comfortable to come to me with their questions, concerns, issues or even if they just need someone to talk to. I would use my position to help students switch their mindset from focusing on just getting good grades to actually wanting to learn in order to expand their knowledge. 

Q: Why did you decide to run? 

A: While having a discussion with a friend of mine, who was in ASB as a sophomore, about the responsibilities and benefits of being a part of the student body, I immediately became interested. After thinking it over for a little while, I decided that I definitely wanted to run. The idea that I would be able to make a positive impact in the students’ experiences at Beverly made me excited and very determined to try my best in running for Junior Vice President.

Q: What makes you a good candidate for your position? 

A: I am a great candidate for this position because I am an open minded and determined person and I work very well with others. I display these traits in my everyday life with family and friends, as well as in school activities, such as group projects. I also had many job experiences that have prepared me for leadership roles in life, by allowing me to further develop my skills of commitment, communication, and being a good listener.

Q: What sets you apart from other candidates running for this position? 

A: One thing that sets me apart from the other candidates, as I touched upon in the previous question, is my work ethic and work experience that I have gained from my previous jobs such as being a camp counselor, volunteering at the Zimmer Children’s Museum, and being a private tutor. These opportunities have taught me to be patient and reliable. Another thing that sets me apart from other candidates is my plan to build strong relationships with other students and classmates and my desire to hear all of their thoughts and ideas.

Q: What would be the first thing you would do if you are elected? 

 A: If I am elected, one of the first things I plan on doing is using all of my available resources to increase student participation and eagerness to learn in class. I have personally experienced the feeling of having no motivation for school and only wanting to do the bare minimum, but I have overcome this feeling. I plan on helping other students to do this as well, by guiding them to take their time to realize what they are capable of and become the best version of themselves. I believe that there is always room for improvement and I think having eager and determined students is a great first step in the direction of improvement at Beverly.

Q: What challenges have you had to overcome during this election? 

A: One challenge that I had to overcome during this election was with my campaign, in trying to introduce myself and make myself known to many more students, while being at home during online learning. Although there are many challenges that come with distance learning, it is important to face these challenges and try to find solutions to our problems, which I have continued to do throughout the year.

Treasurer

Fengying Wang

Wang did not respond in time for publication.

Representative

Omvrishank Gopurala

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in your position?

A: I hope to reach out more to the student body. I want to educate them more about the school, ASB and on how to keep them happy and involved.

Q: Why did you decide to run?

A: I decided to run for Junior Representative because I want to be more involved in the school and to make Beverly Hills incoming juniors feel content and delighted.

Q: What makes you a good candidate for your position? 

A: I make a good candidate because I am a good student and want to make a difference at the high school. I have had previous experience with leadership in my middle school as well.

Q: What sets you apart from other candidates running for this position?

A: I am willing to do what it takes to help the school and its students. I am passionate about learning and working with others. I won’t give up if something is not clear and will work hard in my position.

Q: What would be the first thing you would do if you are elected?

A: The first thing I will do is educate my peers on what is going on and ask them on what I can do better to help them.

Q: What challenges have you had to overcome during this election? 

A: The challenges I’ve had to overcome during this election and the whole year is the pandemic and communication to the sophomore class. Before the split into in-person, everybody was online so at least people were in one place, so that I could communicate a bit easier. Now, since the split, it has been even harder getting to communicate with everyone. I have been utilizing social media and texting so everyone can have a chance at viewing me and my goals. 

Sophomore Row

President

Leila Abrishami

Abrishami did not respond in time for publication.

Vice President

LaResa Gopurala

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in this position?

A: I want to make next school year about more than just grades, but about making
connections with others. I hope to create events that bond our grade and integrate
us with the rest of the school. I feel like because of the pandemic, we haven’t
really gotten to experience what it is like to be a high school student, and I want to
make sure our high school experience can be the best it can be. I hope to grow the
class of 2024 ASB accounts so we can put more money into making exciting
events. I want to hold fundraisers at places that many sophomores will want to go
to like local restaurants and cafes, places like CPK, Panda Express, Chipotle, and
even activity centers like trampoline parks, ice skating rinks and more.

Q: Why did you decide to run?

A: I have a passion for leadership and I want to give back to our class in any way I
can. I want to make sure we have some sort of relief and excitement in our
sophomore year in the midst of the stress of our workload. That is why I want to
create events that the sophomore class would like to attend. I promise to try my
hardest to accomplish anything the grade wants and listen to every suggestion that
comes my way. I want everyone to know that their voice matters in this school
and that they can come to me with any concerns if I were to be the Sophomore
Vice President.

Q: What makes you a good candidate for your position?

I also have previous experience in leadership at BHHS as the Freshman
Vice-President this past year. In my middle school I was the grade representative
for 6th and 7th grade and in 8th grade I was PRO (Public Relations Officer) in the
Student Council. I was in charge of communicating to the students about the
school about upcoming events and changes as well as listening to their thoughts
and suggestions. I can best listen to the students of the class of 2024 because of
this. I have also had many leadership roles in clubs in middle school as well:
Treasurer of French Club, Vice President of the National Junior Art Honors
Society, a member of the Junior United Nations, and was captain of my swim
team. Because of this previous experience in leadership roles, I can lead our grade
as the Sophomore Vice President.

Q: What sets you apart from other candidates running for this position?

A: My previous experience in BHHS ASB as the Freshman Vice-President had
equipped me to fit the huge role of this [position. I also have experience in public
speaking through a program I created called the Guardian Angel Project. I visit
different organizations and speak about the importance of accepting and
embracing diversity. These experiences will provide me with the tools to
communicate ideas our grade has to ASB to get them approved. I also volunteer at different cancer centers and pet shelters to give back to my community just as I will give back to our class through participating in ASB.

Q: What would be the first thing you would do if you are elected?

A: I would be so excited to be in ASB next year and the first thing I would do is get
students ideas on what the very first event should be. I have many things I want to
accomplish for the Sophomores next year. I want us to bond more as a grade,
because most of us haven’t seen each other for a year and some of us are
completely new to the district. I would plan an event where the class of 2024
could go to a trampoline park, a park and have picnics and play games, or even
the beach at sunset and have a bonfire. I think having a fun activity at the
beginning of the year to welcome the class of 2024 would help boost our
excitement for events held by ASB.

Q: What challenges have you had to overcome during this election?

A: The most challenging part of this year and also this election is the pandemic.
Because half of our grade is in-person and the other half is online, it can be hard
to communicate with other students, but I have been utilizing social media to get
the word out and inform as many people I can about the election. I think using all
the resources we have like texting, social media, and even school resources like
this is the best way to overcome the obstacle of our split up grade. I also have had
to overcome the obstacle of coming to a new district during the pandemic. I have
built good relationships with the students of our grade despite coming to this new
school and I want the other new kids to know that they are seen as well.

Sophia Manavi

Q: What do you hope to accomplish during this election?

A: I would like to reach out to as many students as possible to make them realize that this school is their school and that their voice matters. This will hopefully improve the school for future generations of students. 

Q: Why did you decide to run for your position?

A: I enjoy getting involved with the school and contributing. Also I would like to reach out and get to know as many people as I can. 

Q: What makes you a good candidate?

A: I have been involved in various leadership roles and have held student leadership positions. I have recent first hand experience on how to get things done. I have been a lifelong resident of BHUSD and I am 

Q: What sets you apart from the other candidates?

A: I have been involved in various student leadership positions, making me aware of challenges facing our community.

Q: What would be the first thing you do if you’re elected?

A: I want to plan multiple gatherings for the students. For example I would love to do a cooking competition where everyone can participate, whether that be cooking or eating the food. I would like to unite the student body through clubs and events so we feel more connected as a grade. I want to encourage more people to attend the sports games to create a better environment and to bring all the students together and support our sports teams. 

Treasurer

Camille Kaiserman

Kaiserman did not respond in time for publication.

Representative

Gianna Ahn

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in your position?

A: As a representative, I would like to be a voice for the sophomore Council. I want to be like representing them in ASB board meetings, I also really want to get close with everyone as a sophomore. [As well as] all the students in the school. If students have any problems I want me to be a guide and a helpful person for them. [I also] just want to be there for the sophomores and if they want an event, ASB can do it, I want to be a voice for them.

Q: Why did you decide to run?

A: I decided to run because at first, I wanted to know the school better because I was a freshman, [also] because of the pandemic, we weren’t really able to have an introduction. So I wanted to be introduced to the school, get to know more students get to know more teachers. I realized that I want to help students and really help the school, in a way, [as well as] have a leadership position.

Q: What makes you a good candidate for your position?

A: I’m a good candidate for a sophomore [representative] because I previous experience as a freshman representative. So, I already know how things work. I’ve been contributing a lot through freshmen events such as the freshmen study night. Also, I’m good with publicity, and I’m not shy. I’m good with speaking out in front of others. Also, my social media page is pretty big so I have a broader reach to more students.

Q: Why should people vote for you instead of abstaining?

A: Once again my experience as a freshmen representative. And I really want to help them get to know the school a little better and help students. Hopefully, they will understand that I’ll be a great help to them. and I can be a voice for them.

Q: What would be the first thing you would do if you are elected?

A: The first thing I would do is ask students, whether it’s email, [or something else] but ask students that if they need something [or] if they want something that ASB is able to do. So I can express those ideas and thoughts to ASB. Additionally, I would start planning events as soon as I got elected, whether it be just sophomore events or school events.

Q: What challenges have you had to overcome during this election?

A: I didn’t really have any challenges in terms of fighting for a position. But, some challenges I had were, if was up for the job [and time]. Time was a big issue and if I was dedicated enough. But over the past few weeks, I [changed] my schedule to make sure that that I could fit the needs of students.

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