ASB: the Face(s) of Pres

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As freshmen, they’re the first Pres girls we meet at orientation. On the first day back to school, they’re the ones whose voices are broadcasted over the speakers. Arguably the most visible students on campus, our ASB officers do much more than dress up for mixers and choreograph dances for rallies. But how much more? What exactly goes into all those elaborate events? And what, besides planning said events, is it that they actually do?

Quite a bit, as it turns out. “We have weekly meetings every Monday where we talk about upcoming events and meetings,” senior Claire Sulek says. “Other than that we have monthly student council meetings and class level meetings.” And that’s just what’s on the agenda.

ASB regularly clocks in extra hours outside of school, whether it’s by exchanging emails with teachers or putting in actual physical labor. “Every event we have a script, put in the request for the set up, coordinate all the different moving parts, and work with the faculty. For every mixer we stay the whole afternoon setting up and usually an hour after cleaning,” senior Chandler Sutherland says.

If there’s one aspect of the whole ASB experience that seems to have left an impact on senior Alina Ma, it’s these aforementioned scripts. As she commented in the Manthers Podcast episode dedicated to ASB, nothing that’s said in any address to the school is made up on the fly, effortless and unrehearsed though they may seem. “Believe it or not, everything we say in front of the school is based off of a script we wrote beforehand,” she says. And here we were assuming that they were all just stellar improvisers.

But the appearances they make at school functions aren’t the only reason why we as a student body are so impressed with them. After all, they did manage to win a campuswide election to get to where they are today. Everyone’s seen the posters that line the halls leading up to voting day and heard the advice encouraging candidates to come up with a catchy slogan or stick to a particular gimmick.

In the Manthers Podcast, however, junior Bridget Menne (the only underclassman to win one of the coveted positions last year) suggests a more wholesome approach. “I Photoshopped my face on movie posters and I had different slogans for each poster.” This is a far cry from the sort of over polished and disingenuous campaigning we too often see in politics these days.

Along that vein of thinking, she advises only trying to be funny “if you’re confident in your comedy,” the takeaway essentially being that you should play to your strengths and that authenticity trumps phoniness, even if it’s entertaining phoniness, every time.

It’s with this mindset that our five ASB officers have carried us three-quarters of the way through this school year. In fact, we’re fast approaching the time of year when new leadership is elected. And at the risk of sounding like a motivational speaker, you could be one of them! “My advice for anyone who is running is to make sure ASB will be your number one priority,” says senior Olivia DiVittorio. “The student body is relying on you, and you need to be there first thing ready for anything to be thrown at you.”

Don’t let that kind of pressure deter you, though.

“To be honest, I had no idea what I was getting into when I ran last year. I just knew whatever I would be presented with I would give everything I got to make the student body happy,” says DiVittorio. “I expected that ASB would be a big part of my senior year and it definitely is, I wouldn’t want to spend my senior year any other way.”

 

At the end of the day, you can bet that all that hard work will be worth it. Now isn’t that the perfect embodiment of the Pres experience?

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