The New Headmonitors: Jess Li and Nick Maragos
by Elana Golub on Friday, April 20th, 2012
After hearing six carefully crafted speeches on Tuesday, the Milton Academy student body voted juniors Jessica Li and Nick Maragos to take on the title of head monitor for the 2012-2013 school year. These two enthusiastic leaders already expressed their excitement for the job, and have just begun to elaborate on their plans for next year.
New head monitor Jessica Li is prepared to bring happiness to each member of the Milton community. Jess believes that the stress from work at school tends to take a toll on the joy of our student body. She plans to address this problem by strengthening the peer-tutoring program at Milton, which would help the new students who are “struggling to adjust Milton’s academic demands.”
Jess also plans to add more school-wide events to the calendar, such as “dumpling-eating competitions,” to bring a light-hearted flare to student life.
Another problem Jess intends to confront is the lack of interaction between underclassmen and upperclassmen. As next year’s soccer team captain, she understands the value of inter-grade cohesion and believes that through the promotion of peer groups and study hall proctoring, as well as a mentoring program between the varsity, junior varsity, and thirds athletic teams, Milton can strengthen its cross-grade relationships.
Jess plans to embrace the Milton Academy traditions with her own twist. She recognizes that very few changes have been made to both the affective education and residential life programs.“We honestly can’t get rid of either,” says Jess. “So we should make the best of that time.” She also intends to modify assemblies to further engage the Milton community, stating “something as small as an entertaining assembly can brighten students’ days.”
Jess shares that she simply wants to get to know each student and faculty member. “I will genuinely listen to what [the students] have to say,” she states. “I enjoy meeting new people, and I am approachable and easy to get along with.”
Nick Maragos has similar plans to those of his co-head monitor Jess. He wants nothing more than to utilize the opportunity, granted by his new title, to increase the enthusiasm of Milton Academy students to a whole new level. In accordance with this goal, Nick reveals his desire “ to add more school wide events and activities that will unite us [as a school] and create a great atmosphere.” “I certainly want to add more life and energy to Milton—make assemblies more entertaining.”
Aside from injecting Milton with a surge of energy, one of Nick’s biggest plans is to change the weekend brunch schedule for boarders. “I’ve talked to so many boarders who have said that they have to always order lunch since they don’t wake up in time.”
In the hopes of being a memorable head monitor, Maragos agrees with Jess in his desire to “bring back the fun events that seniors reminisce about from their freshman year: like pudding and dumpling eating contests.”
Although Nick already has come up with many ideas for change, he reminds us that he is “really looking forward to listening to the students and serving this school well.” The energy he hopes to bring to the Milton study body derives from a passion for the school. “I love Milton: the students, faculty, administrators—everyone,” says Nick.“If I didn’t think I could really help improve this school I wouldn’t have even put my name on the ballot.”
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