This week, the freshman class had the opportunity to elect their representation in the Student Association (SA). The field of candidates for freshmen representative was vast, and the campaigning was evident across campus as the students worked to gain the vote of their peers.
After the initial election on Wednesday and Friday’s run-off, Jace Thornton and Julie Plunket won the position of freshmen representative.
“21 people filed an intent to run, so that was very encouraging,” senior SA president Kyle Johnson said. “It’s nice to know that there are that many freshmen interested in being involved.”
According to Johnson, the freshmen that were not elected to the position will still have the opportunity to be involved in SA by serving on the various committees. For the two freshmen that did get elected, they will serve as chair on the food or the alumni committees.
“The food committee works on getting food for our events, but also meeting with Aramark to see how we can improve things in the student center and cafeteria,” Johnson said. He mentioned that the addition of Wi-Fi in the cafeteria last year was thanks to the SA food committee.
The alumni committee, according to Johnson, will work with Liz Howell, Vice President of Parent and Alumni Relations, to “build relationships between current students and former students” through various events and opportunities.
Both candidates are eager to serve in their roles in the coming year with SA.
“I feel so honored that my freshman class would elect me to represent them.” Jase Thornton said. “I pray that I will be able to make them proud of the decision as they look back on the coming year.”
“I am so thrilled to be able to help voice the opinions of such an incredible class,” Julie Plunket said. “It has already been such a blessing to meet so many of the other SA officers, and I am so excited to serve alongside them in the upcoming school year.”
Johnson encouraged those who were not elected or who decided not to run to serve on committees or to run for office in the coming years.
“I really enjoyed meeting everyone who ran, and they were really stellar people,” Johnson said. “All of those running were friendly to each other and the student body, and I was so glad to see such a Christian process.”