New Upper School Student Government Represents Students’ Voice

DSC_4858 The newly elected Upper School Student Government convened on Wednesday to discuss upcoming events and ideas for improving student life. The council includes 14 representatives from grades 7–12 (one day and one boarding student per grade) and two student body co-presidents.

Many of the representatives declared their intent to make sure their classmates’ ideas are expressed to the administration and to present new opportunities for students to connect with the community. For example, several on the council will advocate for a stronger focus on service projects and encourage participation in Spirit Week and other events.

Another important task for the reps is getting the word out to other students about new and changing initiatives, such as the new weekend program, which has been established to limit the amount of time that boarding students have to spend on campus during the weekends. The new plan involves allowing students to spend their Sundays at home with housemates and house parents.

This is an important issue for freshman Milly Xue, who wants to spend some of her time in student government working with the administration to improve weekend plans and activities. She thinks clubs and other after- school opportunities should also be offered on the weekends so that students who have time conflicts due to sports can participate in the fun and expand the groups’ membership.

One of the most important topics up for discussion at Wednesday’s meeting was the upcoming Halloween dance, which will take place from 7–9pm on October 30. Dan Bruni and Tim Johnson from the Residential Life Office stopped by the meeting to get ideas from students about costume and raffle prizes.

“Getting input from the students is incredibly important to Res Life, because everything we do is for them,” Dan said. “I don’t plan activities based on what I think a student would like to do. I go straight to the source.”

Students were excited to weigh in with their ideas regarding first and second prizes, which they decided should include a Hampton Jitney ticket book and perhaps wireless speakers or a Visa gift card.

Student Government will meet twice per week, and one of their first agenda items is to formalize a process for both gathering student ideas and communicating recommendations to administrators.

Student Body Co-Presidents Katya Wolosoff and Big Kitty Xue

Grade-Level Representatives Grade 7: Aiden Beck and Leah Jannetti Grade 8: Ava Seccuro and Ana Contreras Grade 9: Milly Xue and Sophie Griffin Grade 10: Rainier Benard and Sharon Kim Grade 11: Isabelle Rowe and Frank Qi Grade 12: Elizaveta Kotova and Fei Wade