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Q and A with our Executive Board Candidates By: andrea Valdes-Sueiras

The 11 candidates running for next years executive board have had a spring like no other. The girls chose to run for office at the start of the semester, and are now witnessing their decisions come to life: both through their campaigns and at this week’s symposium. In order to get to know them on a more personal level, I crafted a series of questions to ask each office. That way they can provide the student body with a gist of who they are, what their motives are, and how they plan to go along next year. Scroll down for the Q&A and a 2021-2022 EB Spotify Playlist!

Presidential Candidates in Alphabetical Order

Emma Granda

Q: What do you hope to accomplish as student body president? Is there anything you want to introduce or change?

A: “As Executive Board President, I hope to bring the school back together. After such a long, distant year, I know EB and I will bring the school spirits back up and get people excited about events again. I would love to introduce more school-wide events, like another OLLAfest to help the grades bond. I am ready to make next year better than ever, to make up for all our lost time together.”

Q: What would be your campaign theme song?

A: “I think ‘Unwritten’ by Natasha Bedingfield would be my campaign theme song because it shows that the future holds so many possibilities and how we’re just getting started. It talks about having a blank page before you, so I feel like it perfectly fits the big plans I have for next year. It’s also one of my favorite songs to scream to in the car because it’s so inspirational.

Isa Penin

Q: What do you hope to accomplish as student body president? Is there anything you want to introduce or change?

A: “As student body president I hope to help create better connections within our OLLA community. Whether its between the students and the faculty, current students and alumni, or between the grades, I have experienced the value of these relationships and wish to help the rest of the student body make the most out of their OLLA opportunities. After the challenging year we’ve had, my main focus and efforts would go to making next year as normal and as spirited as possible. I promise to do my best to continue all the events we’ve had in years past and, with the help of the student body, come up with new ideas to create lasting memories.”

Q: What would be your campaign theme song?

A: “Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen. 100%. This whole campaign process has been such a fun experience and I want to keep this fun going into next year! No matter the outcome of the election, the school is in great hands, so I can't wait to see what ‘good times’ lay ahead in the 2021-2022 school year.”

Vice Presidential Candidates in Alphabetical Order

Jesi DaSilva

Q: How would you get the student body in the spirit while still adhering to COVID restrictions?

A: “We can expand through several ways by creating more outdoor activities like field events, having clubs and societies introducing members with fun videos about themselves and their clubs, and expanding on the use of our social media platforms to highlight student’s and alumni’s accomplishments. This will help create a strong school spirit and strengthen our sisterhood connection.”

Q: What would be your campaign theme song?

A: “I chose the song, ‘Whenever, Wherever’ by Shakira, because we’re meant to be together #bobcatsisterhood.”

Felice Dong

Q: How would you get the student body in the spirit while still adhering to COVID restrictions?

A: “I will try to have the administration approve more ideas like class getty's to have more students socialize in school with COVID restrictions. As well as incorporating new ideas for spirit week! We'll promote our school activities to build excitement and incorporate ways for virtual students to participate in these events!”

Q: What would be your campaign theme song?

A: “My campaign theme song would be ‘Good Days’ by SZA. As VP, I will make sure students have more ‘good days’ at Lourdes, filled with new memories!”

Katrina Langer

Q: How would you get the student body in the spirit while still adhering to COVID restrictions?

A: “I would get the student body in the spirit while still adhering to COVID restrictions by working closely alongside the other grade’s council members to make spirit events more personal and accesible to everyone. Even during times like this, spirit is a huge part of our OLLA community and its a sense of normalcy to us so it’s really important that we are able to show our spirit while still keeping everyone safe.”

Q: What would be your campaign theme song?

A: “If I had to chose a campaign theme song it would be the friends theme song, ‘I’ll Be There For You’ because even when it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month, or even your year, I’ll be there for you.”

Tati Llanso

Q: How would you get the student body in the spirit while still adhering to COVID restrictions?

A: “I would get the student body in the spirit by coming up with different in school and out of school activities. Since there is a limited capacity of students that can be in one place at a time, like the gym, grade level spirit days would be fun with freshman vs. sophomores and juniors vs. seniors on another day. Another idea is to organize grade level socially distanced movie nights, as well as a big sister/little sister night. We could also suggest karaoke contests and dancing during lunches. Finally, we could organize a freshman fan night, a sophomore fan night, a junior fan night, and a senior fan night on different days to encourage school spirit for our sports department and support our awesome OLLA athletes.“

Q: What would be your campaign theme song?

A: “My campaign theme song would be ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell because even though this song was written more like a love song, I can relate it to this campaign perfectly. No matter the obstacle that comes my way, I will always be there for every student at OLLA. I will be their voice and try my hardest on everything that comes my way. No mountain high enough or valley low enough to keep me from getting things done.”

Candidates for Treasurer in Alphabetical Order

Mia Hernandez

Q: Do you have any kind of specific anecdote about dealing with funds that led you to take this on?

A: “All my life I have taken every opportunity I can get to be able to save money whether it’s chores, from when I was younger, or a job. A few summers ago I had a car washing business that allowed me to become more responsible and accountable with money, I had to make sure I was charging a reasonable price while still being able to make a profit and buy the essentials I needed for the business.”

Q: What would be your campaign theme song?

A: My campaign theme song would be ‘Mo Money, Mo Problems’ by The Notorious B.I.G.

Sofi Martinez

Q: Do you have any kind of specific anecdote about dealing with funds that led you to take this on?

A: “Being our school’s Executive Board Treasurer has always interested me because of all my past experiences with this position. In middle school, I was the NJHS Treasurer and currently I’m the Be the Light Club's Executive Board Treasurer. Somehow I’ve always ended up with this position! With all this experience, I’ve learned that the job not only comes with the importance of counting and handling funds, but also with the responsibility of fundraising.”

Q: What would be your campaign theme song?

A: “My campaign theme song would be ‘Treasure’ by Bruno Mars. I chose this song because my Treasurer campaign has to do with finding what we treasure most at OLLA. Just how the song says, ‘Let me treasure you,’ a vote for me is a vote for future treasured memories.”

Candidates for Secretary in Alphabetical Order

Paulina Gonzalez-Brito

Q: What appealed to you to take on this role?

A: “The role of Secretary appealed to me because being apart of student council last year and this year have taught me so much about leadership and responsibility and I feel that I can use what I’ve learned and apply it to something bigger, that being, the executive board. I have also always looked up to the EB girls and have admired their spirit and dedication to their role. I feel that I’d fit this role because I’m ready to give 110% and work my absolute hardest to help make next year the best it can be.”

Q: What would be your campaign theme song?

A: “My campaign theme song would probably be the theme song to ‘That’s So Raven’ because throughout that song she says, ‘you can gaze into the future.’ This is exactly what I’ve been doing. After this hectic past year with the pandemic, I’ve been looking forward to making next year the best one yet; I’ve been anticipating all the amazing things we can accomplish next year.”

Amanda Rubio

Q: What appealed to you to take on this role?

A: “The aspect of being EB Secretary that stuck out to me the most was the organizational skills needed to carry out the role successfully, and I firmly believe that I have the capability to do so. Additionally, I really value doing my part to help my peers, and after the tough year that we have been through together, I hope to work alongside my sisters in order to make next school year as fun, interactive, and spirited as possible.”

Q: What would be your campaign theme song?

A: “My campaign theme song would definitely be ‘I'm Still Standing’ by Elton John. Not only is this my choice because of my admiration for Elton John and his music but because I feel that this song signifies the resilience that the student body has exhibited throughout this difficult time. We have stuck together and overcome every obstacle that the pandemic has thrown our way and we're still standing!”

Jackie Santa Maria

Q: What appealed to you to take on this role?

A: “Running for Secretary of the Executive Board is something that has captivated my attention and desire to motivate the student body in my own unique way. My goal is to maintain organization, keep the lines of communication open, and ensure that things run smoothly not just during spirit week, but all year round! Not only do I possess the skills needed for the job, but I also have a genuine love for OLLA.”

Q: What would be your campaign theme song?

A: “My campaign theme song would definitely be ‘Should I Stay or Should I Go’ by The Clash. This election determines if I’m able to add an extra year to my StuCo experience or if this is the end of the road!”

As you can probably tell, the eleven candidates are more than ready to fulfill the student body’s needs next year with their fresh outlooks and detailed plans. I wish all the girls good luck; each of them have the potential to be exceptional leaders, especially during one of the most unprecedented seasons of their high school careers.

Click below for a link to the EB Candidates’ Playlist!

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