Park Dynasty ft. Mack
by Teddy Beaudoin on Friday, April 24th, 2015
On Friday, April 17th, Milton Academy Upper School students elected the 2015-2016 Head Monitors using the electronic voting system on myMilton. As announced during Friday’s assembly, Mack Makishima (II) and Avery Park (II) will succeed the current head monitors. Before they could take up their important roles on Milton’s campus they, along with other students, had to participate in a rigorous campaign and election process that aimed at helping the student body to best understand the core values of their future head monitors.
To start off the process, Class II students interested in running for Head Monitor nominated themselves. The running pool consisted of nine juniors—Silvio Rossi, Aaron Johnson, Marcus Guenther, Mack Makishima and Luis Viceira for the boys, and Avery Park, Ashley Adelberg, Brie Etoniru, and Charlie Guscott for the girls.
The nine candidates then participated in Q&A sessions where they answered questions on the fly and discussed their beliefs and perspectives on a specific subject for about two minutes.
After the Q&A session, on April 14th, the female candidates gave their formal speeches in front of the entire school in the ACC. Throughout that day, the student body was encouraged to rank the female candidates on MyMilton’s voting service. On April 16th, the male candidates presented their formal—or not so formal—speeches in the same setting.
This year’s winners, Mack and Avery, like all of the seven other candidates, are enthusiastic about Milton Academy and the 2015-2016 academic year ahead. Mack shares, “I’m excited to be Head Monitor because the position gives both me and Avery the opportunity to make things happen on campus that we would never have thought possible before.”
As well as being excited, Mack and Avery have some intriguing new ideas for next year. Avery explains that she and Mack “have a lot of ideas and projects, big ones and small ones, that [they’re] excited to start on. The main one for me would be that next year we plan on revving up the SGA and putting each member to work with increased responsibility for larger projects.” Both Mack and Avery have interesting concrete goals in addition to broad hopes.
Mack says, “The broad scope of my hopes for next year are just to make everyone feel a little closer to one another while at the same time shaking things up a little by trying some new initiatives and projects that I hope will, as funny as it sounds, get people excited about their student government and what it does.”
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