Associated Student Body (ASB) President Dawson Chen (12) announced the 2022 to 2023 ASB members on Monday through a Schoology post: juniors Zubin Khera for spirit coordinator, Abhi Namala for treasurer, Michelle Jin for secretary, Gordon Chen for vice president and Kris Estrada for president.
Voting took place in the Journalism room during lunch on Monday. By checking students in and handing out voting stickers, the Honor Council facilitated the election, which had a 68% voter turnout, according to Dawson’s Schoology post.
Speeches for elections also took place on Monday in the Athletic Center; prior to the speeches, the current ASB members gave advice to the freshmen, sophomores and juniors about what to look for in a good candidate. Meanwhile, the seniors attended a meeting in the Rothschild Performing Arts Center (RPAC) about the class trip to Laguna Beach and graduation.
Treasurer Aaditya Gulati (12) emphasized responsibility and efficiency; Spirit Coordinator William Chien (12) discussed his love for his fellow students, school and spirit; Secretary Spencer Cha (12) highlighted the importance of accountability and reliability; Vice President Ayan Nath (12) explained a vice president’s willingness to learn and Dawson focused on the roles of a president: a good manager and a selfless innovator.
Abhi kicked off the speeches for treasurer, followed by Kabir Ramzan (10) and Jacob Huang (11). Kabir’s and Jacob’s speeches discussed hosting more schoolwide events and fundraisers, and Abhi explained his perspective as a member of the community who has not been on Student Council before.
Next, the candidates for spirit coordinator gave their speeches: first Zubin, then Sara Wan (11), BB Ajlouny (11) and Ashley Ma (11). The speeches for spirit coordinator mainly focused on previous experiences with Harker Spirit Leadership Team (HSLT) and commitment to school spirit.
Secretary candidate Richard Zhang (11) delivered his speech, followed by Michelle. Richard discussed increased transparency of Student Council initiatives through public brainstorming sessions, and Michelle talked about revitalizing previous initiatives such as adding air fresheners to restrooms.
Cynthia Wang (10) gave her speech for vice president, and then Daniel Lin (10) presented his speech, followed by Rupert Chen (11) and Gordon. Daniel and Cynthia both hoped to improve quality of life on campus –– Daniel by hosting fun activities before exams and Cynthia by adding food options or full days dedicated to office hours like in remote learning. Rupert guaranteed his effort and hard work if elected as vice president, and Gordon discussed initiatives to revive the garden on the rooftop of Nichols and to start a pen pal program with another school.
Finally, candidates running for president gave their speeches. Kris went first, explaining his previous work with Student Council and his hope of sharing more trivia about Harker’s history. Alex Lan (11) also talked about his efforts with Student Council and goals to implement better Wi-Fi on campus and add late-start days.
This year, students physically waited in line to vote, a new experience for underclassmen after voting for the 2021 to 2022 ASB council online last year. Voter Tanisha Singh (10) appreciated in-person elections more than online ones despite the longer wait.
“[Voting in-person is special because] you can see the people around you who are equally spirited and voting, and it gives a sense of unity in the community,” Tanisha said.