Blue Jays to Elect Student Council Leadership for 2018-19 School Year

Posted April 3, 2018 / Last updated April 10, 2018

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A Wednesday election may determine the leadership of Jesuit’s Student Council for the next school year.

Blue Jay voters will head to the Student Commons on Wednesday, April 4, to cast their ballots for the 2018–19 Student Council Executive Board (E-Board). Ballots can be cast starting at 7:15 a.m. until the warning bell for homeroom and during the entire lunch period. Results will be announced at the end of the day. If necessary, a run-off election will be held Thursday, with the election’s full results available by Friday.

In preparation for voting day, underclassmen spent Tuesday morning listening to E-Board candidate speeches in the Jesuit Auditorium. Candidates were required to limit their speeches to less than two minutes. The E-Board hopefuls submitted their rough drafts for speeches nearly two weeks ago and spent last week rehearsing. At the rehearsals they were given feedback and suggestions by several faculty and staff members.

Office of Secretary

The secretary’s tasks include recording the minutes of all meetings and meeting attendance, preparing morning announcements, maintaining bulletin boards, and preparing correspondence with other schools as needed. The candidates for secretary are junior Marc Dougherty, junior Scott McKeough, and junior David Nimmo.

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The 2018-19 Office of Secretary candidates (from left): junior Scott McKeough, junior David Nimmo, and junior Marc Dougherty

 

Office of Treasurer

The treasurer oversees the counting and recording of all money at functions and maintains the Student Council’s financial record, including income from soft drink machines, dances, and Student Council activities. The candidates for treasurer are junior Neehar Desai, junior Bradley Fugetta, junior Miller Goldenberg, junior Damose Ituah, and junior Ashton Stevens.

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The 2018-19 Office of Treasurer candidates (from left): junior Miller Goldenberg, junior Bradley Fugetta, junior Damose Ituah, junior Ashton Stevens, and junior Neehar Desai

Office of Vice President

The vice president supports the work of the Student Council through leading meetings in the absence of the president, chairs committees, and acts as the Student Council representative to all other co-curricular organizations. This may include providing leadership training for the officers of other organizations or serving as the contact person for clubs, teams, and organizations. The candidates for vice president are junior Max Bond, junior Josef Ernst, and junior Cole LaCour.

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The 2018-19 Office of Vice-President candidates (from left): junior Josef Ernst, junior Cole LaCour, and junior Max Bond

Office of President

The president presides at all meetings and functions of the Student Council, coordinates the work of the  Executive Board, makes appointments to committees and vacant offices, and acts as the student body’s representative. The candidates for president are junior William Bostick, junior Dowen Fife, and junior Owen Hite.

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The 2018-19 Office of President candidates (from left): junior Dowen Fife, junior Owen Hite, and junior William Bostick

Candidate Requirements

While former members of the executive board look back on their time on the board with fond memories, it’s not all fun and games. Students applying for candidacy must face rigorous criteria and complete an exacting process.

Potential candidates must:

  • have a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • maintain good conduct — having no suspensions in the current and previous academic year and no Saturday Penance Halls in the current year
  • obtain the signatures of two current Jesuit faculty members who verifying the candidate is in good standing with Jesuit High School
  • obtain the signature of a parent/legal guardian verifying they are aware of the candidacy and the commitments required of elected officers
  • attend a mandatory campaign workshop
  • attend a Jesuit Student Council Workshop during the summer

Its purposes are to:

  • serve as a unifying agency in support of all school activities
  • foster in the students the ideals of Jesuit High School and to inspire the highest type of school spirit
  • provide a means of creating better fellowship and understanding between faculty and students and among the students themselves
  • provide a greater opportunity for self-government and experience in democratic practices by affording a realistic representation of the views of the student body
  • develop in its members the ideals and practice of Christian leadership

The Student Council is moderated by Mr. Justin Genovese ’04 and Ms. Khanh Nguyen.