• Class of 2019 Election Results

    by  • March 1, 2017 • Homepage, Local • 0 Comments

    The results are in!

    The Class of 2019 elections took place on Thursday, February 16th. Several sophomores ran for eight positions, which were President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Social Media Coordinator, Historian, Volunteer Coordinator, and two Junior Variety Coordinators. There are also two Artistic Directors, which are appointed positions.

    The winning candidates were Matt Farias as President, Helen Eshetu as Vice President, Santiago Portillo as Treasurer, Salma Bezzat as Secretary, Sebastian Romani as Social Media Coordinator, Bryan Burgess as Historian, Libby Taylor as Volunteer Coordinator, and Jennifer Crespo and Shataeya Smith as JV Coordinators.

    The campaigning process started out with an open class meeting to gather interest. Anyone who wanted to run for a position had to submit an application and had to interview personally with class advisor and history teacher Rebecca Corcoran. Once the candidates were chosen, campaigning began by the candidates putting up posters, posting on social media, and handing out pins and cards.

    On the campaign, Corcoran thinks that it has been very positive. She commented that “the candidates have really focused on letting [their] classmates know why [they] would be the best candidate for the position they are running for. [She] feels that that everyone that ran truly wants to help [the Class of 2019] be successful and wants to play a role in making their years at Malden High the best that they can be.”

    Corcoran was looking for candidates who are “dedicated, responsible and are team players”. She believes that these qualities are important because “it’s good to have officers that are friendly, approachable, good listeners and that motivate others” Her goals for the Class of 2019 include having a great Junior Varieties next year and bringing the Class of 2019 together as a class and as a community.

    Portillo describes the campaigning process as “extremely fun, as [he] ordered buttons to help [his]campaigning process”. He decided to run for the position because “[he] knew he would be a reliable secretary that [the class of 2019] could count on. [He] also felt like it was opportunity for [him] to step up and do something for his class”. Portillo looks forward to helping bring the Class of 2019 to where they need to be while also representing themselves to a school in a positive manner.

    The class officers are very excited for what they will accomplish in their positions as well. Farias is hoping to bring the Class of 2019 together as “a group of students who are willing to help each other out and do what’s best for all of us.” With upcoming fundraisers such as Junior Varieties, Farias praises the fundraising ideas set by the previous officers, believing that “their work has been a huge help to our class, and with their effort and the possibility of sporting events and other fundraisers such as bake sales, [the class of 2019 officers] would be more than happy if anyone in the class helped and participated in.”



    Christina is a junior and this is her second year as part of the Blue and Gold team. She is currently a lead reporter. She says she looks “forward to mentoring the new reporters and meeting the diverse staff this year”. While she describes herself as quiet and reserved, she is very outgoing and hates staying at home. One of her favorite hobbies is reading comic books. Her favorite genre of music is alternative and she enjoys listening to bands such as Twenty-One Pilots, All Time Low, 5 Seconds of Summer, Walk the Moon, and Grouplove. Her favorite song is Fifteen by Taylor Swift, but she doesn’t listen to her as much, however, her favorite song lyric “I’ve never heard silence quite this loud” is also by Taylor Swift. Some of her favorite movies are Captain America: Civil War, The Parent Trap, 16 Candles, and Nerve. Game of Thrones, Pretty Little Liars, Once Upon A Time, and Daredevil are a few of her favorite TV shows. She is a very avid fan of Bubble Milk Tea, and while her favorite food by far is ziti with chicken and broccoli, she admits that Chinese is a close second. This summer she taught Algebra and Geometry in the Summer School program which was a fun experience. Some places she wishes to visit are New York City, Disney World, San Diego Comic Con, Boston Comic Con, and Italy. Her favorite quote is “In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take.” -Anonymous

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