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Sept. 21, 2006

Freshmen candidate profiles

by Priyanka Gokhale, Online Editor-in-Chief
Good news, freshmen: Even if you didn't cast a vote on Tuesday's primary election you'll still have your say on the upcoming freshmen elections. On Sept. 28 and 29, freshmen will be voting for Class of 2010 representatives.

Note: The positions for secretary and treasurer are uncontested, so the two candidates for the positions will be elected by default. Senatorial candidates are also running unopposed.

Name: Jessie Harrelson
Position: President
Past Experience (in the SGA): Helping out at different SGA events
Reason for Running: "I think that I'm good at getting along with people, so I'd be able to get in touch with a lot of people," Harrelson says.
"If Electedů" Goals: boosting school spirit, having more fundraisers

Name: Vicky Lai
Position: President
Past Experience (in the SGA): None
Reason for Running: "Blair's going to be our second home over the next four years, and I want a part in making it the best second home it can be," Lai says.
"If Electedů" Goals: Implementing "Renaissance" ľ a student incentive program (go to http://jostens.com/edserv/Renaissance for more information)

Name: Scott Yu
Position: President
Past Experience (in the SGA): Second Vice President in seventh grade, one of the three eighth grade representatives in eighth grade
Reason for Running: "I have an inclination towards these things," Yu says. "I have the experience, and this is my personal hobby."
"If Electedů" Goals: developing a personal relationship with the class of 2010, listening to students concerns and taking action based on those concerns

Name: Redab Alfinaidy
Position: Vice President
Past Experience (in the SGA): School Secretary in fifth grade
Reason for Running: "I really do care about the school and making it better," Alfinaidy says.
"If Electedů" Goals: making freshmen feel more welcome in the school, having more spirit days and increasing student involvement

Name: Andrew Hyder
Position: Vice President
Past Experience (in the SGA): Class representative in the sixth and seventh grades
Reason for Running: "I feel I can best represent the views and opinions of my entire class," Hyder says.
"If Electedů" Goals: shortening the lunch lines, pushing for the policies that the class of 2010 wants

Name: Jeremy Potterfield
Position: Vice President
Past Experience (in the SGA): None
Reason for Running: "I wanted to try something new and represent the student body," Potterfield says.
"If Electedů" Goals: making sure that all the students get their IDs and raising money for prom and graduation with fundraisers

Name: Urja Mittal
Position: Secretary
Past Experience (in the SGA): Class representative in elementary and middle school
Reason for Running: "I want to increase freshmen's voice in Blair," Mittal says.
"If Electedů" Goals: giving freshmen more representation, increasing organization and giving students an outlet to express concerns and suggestions

Name: Jennifer Wang
Position: Treasurer
Past Experience (in the SGA): Class council every year in elementary school
Reason for Running: "In middle school, I meant to run, but I missed the opportunity," Wang says. "[This year], I wanted to get involved in the school."
"If Electedů" Goals: getting more students involved in school activities, getting more information out about school clubs

Name: Krzysztof Franaszek
Position: Senator
Past Experience (in the SGA): SGA officer in eighth grade
Reason for Running: "I just wanted to get involved with the student body and get to know people," Franaszek says.
"If Electedů" Goals: shortening lunch lines, finding and addressing critical issues for freshmen

Name: Jacob Hurwitz
Position: Senator
Past Experience (in the SGA): SGA representative in seventh grade, SGA elected officer in eighth grade
Reason for Running: "In high school, I know that the SGA has the option to make more policy, and I want to be involved in the school community," Hurwitz says.
"If Electedů" Goals: shortening the lunch lines, changing the ID policy

Name: Amy Liu
Position: Senator
Past Experience (in the SGA): None
Reason for Running: "I thought it'd be interesting to represent my grade," Liu says.
"If Electedů" Goals: shortening the lunch lines

Name: Jonathan Lockwood
Position: President
Past Experience (in the SGA): SGA council in fifth grade
Reason for Running: "I thought, carpe diem," Lockwood says. "I know I could do a really great job. If I don't, who will?"
"If Electedů" Goals: getting everyone in on the SGA, getting more people involved in the school, increasing student awareness of school activities and small things (i.e. InfoFlow announcements, pizza sales)


Name: Orlit Groeschler
Position: Senator
Past Experience (in the SGA): Class representative in sixth grade
Reason for Running: "I wanted to," Groeschler says. "I'm responsible and organized."
"If Electedů" Goals: shortening lunch lines, talking to the Class President to convey ideas, having more field trips for all grade, planning a culminating overnight field trip after senior year




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  • 08 on September 21, 2006 at 6:07 PM
    Pretty much every single candidate listed here wants shorter lunch lines. And yet people don't care about the length of lunch lines. Go figure.
  • Nepotism on September 21, 2006 at 7:19 PM
    Did anyone else notice that three people on this list (Hyder, Lockwood, and Potterfeild) have the same names as people who are currently in the student government, or who ran last year? All governments are the same!
  • Not true on September 21, 2006 at 9:01 PM
    I hate the lunch lines, yes, we may have a 45 minute lunch period, but if you dont bring lunch half of that is spent waiting.
  • mo on September 23, 2006 at 6:37 PM
    To "Nepotism":

    No, It'd only be nepotism if these people were chosen by relatives that are currently power. Anybody can choose to run for SGA office. It's not a privilege that is conferred from the higher-ups.

    This is not nepotism, this is students actually having a clue about opportunities in the SGA because their older siblings tell them all about it. Which--and I think you're right--probably says something just as bad. If the SGA were more transparent, a heck of a lot more people would run. As it stands, we have uncontested candidates for a bunch of offices. That's pathetic.
  • hrmm on September 23, 2006 at 10:37 PM
    I'm not sure how siblings of current SGA members reflects badly. I mean- those kids with older siblings are probably much more likely to get involved in any afterschool activity. So what?
  • Figures on September 26, 2006 at 5:00 PM
    "Pretty much every single candidate listed here wants shorter lunch lines. And yet people don't care about the length of lunch lines. Go figure."

    Hah, that's true. Personally, I don't care about the lunch lines. But some people running for office list this as their only goal. Well, what benefit do I get outta that (I bring my lunch)? I'm a freshman here obviously, I don't know how much of an impact SGA makes in high school compared to middle school; I'm assuming a heckuva lot more.

    People who say they want to "shorten lunch lines" and "get to know the class of '10" aren't going to be listed so high in my book.
  • ... on September 26, 2006 at 6:19 PM
    how is it even possible that an SGA member can shorten lunch lines?
  • Someone you may know on September 27, 2006 at 7:47 PM
    For freshmen, who do not really know Blair issues, I would say their ideas are decent. Although the ones that have mentioned senior year are a little too excited...maybe they should win first before making plans for what will happen in three years? Haha, I love Hyder's platform, "pushing for the policies that the class of 2010 wants"...that's the perfect glittering generality.

    I wonder how many of the candidates are in Magnet/CAP. Not that it matters, but I like to track how many non Magnets/non CAPs run in each election.
  • Samir Hazboun (View Email) on September 29, 2006 at 1:41 PM
    ummm wow few people have accurate views for what they can accomplish. All you do is raise money for prom and help school in doing certain things you cant increase number of spirit days or anything.
    Only ppl with accurate views are Jeremy Potterfield, Scott Yu, and Jessie Haroldson
    except i think im voting scott prez and jeremy vice :D
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