Covid-19 has changed our world in many significant ways since March, including impacting our learning environment on every level imaginable. However, a wonderful change to Student Council has come about and we hope it will revive our community and provide meaning and leadership experience for others.
Saklan has traditionally had students interested in joining the Student Council fill out letters of intent, make campaign posters and stickers, take part in an interview, write and perform a speech, and go through a popular election to earn a place as an officer. Typically, this is a worthy process to go through and teaches life skills to our students. However, experience working with adolescent elected officers has taught us some valuable lessons. One of which is that getting elected is important and meaningful; but it doesn’t mean a student will show up every week to meetings and support fellow officers during the planning, setting, and cleaning up events. It is the weekly commitment and follow through that is an essential part of being a successful and dependable Student Council officer. This important part of the job has been magnified in a virtual learning environment. Officers have to respond and communicate primarily through email, show up to regularly scheduled Zoom meetings, and complete individual tasks on time without teachers reminding them in person. Taking all of this into consideration, Saklan decided to include all candidates who showed up and made an effort during the campaigning process on this year’s Student Council.
These students have lots of previous experience in leadership roles and have proven themselves committed young people that care about their school community. As a collective, the students discussed and decided who should take which positions and are proud of the result. It was a collaborative effort that already has this Student Council working well together. They are excited for a unique, but important, school year. The Student Council is committed to making the Saklan community shine bright not only in person as it usual does, but online as well. Thank you for your support!
Meet the 2020-2021 Student Council Officers
- Presidents: Evy Anders, Makenna Choi & Levi Kim (8th grade)
- Treasurer: Lindsay Chan (7th grade)
- Secretary: Sadie Zippin (6th grade)
- Co-Activities Chairs: Ellie Moulton-Barrett (7th grade) & Ani Tompkins (6th grade)
- Co-Publicity Chairs: Danny DiFranco (6th grade) & Ryan Lo (7th grade)
- Communications Coordinator: Jordan Darby (8th grade)
- Communications & Technology Director: Noah Mack (8th grade)
- Faculty Advisors: Kim Parks (MS) & Lisa Rokas (LS)
- Parent Advisor: Ana Dunnigan (Mikey’s mom-2nd grader)