2014-2015 First Round ASB Interviews

Reasons, goals, and hopes of our next year’s ASB Officers

By Rashi Saxena

Missed out on campaign week for first round AS elections? Here are the Voice’s interviews with our next year’s officers on what they what to achieve as your student body representatives. Future president Sofea Dil wants ASB to stay consistent with its original goals and hopes to create a more unified school body. Next year’s vice president, Alexa Reynoso, also envisions a more spirited high school and wants to incorporate more of students’ own ideas into ASB. On the same track, rally commissioner Rahul Kasar hopes to make rallies more enjoyable so that everyone feels a part of our school community

ASB President: Sofea Dil

Why did you run for ASB President?

I ran for ASB President because, after three years at Irvington, I felt very much tied to the school and its future. I care a lot about how the school will experience next year, and being ASB President gives me an opportunity to steer that experience in the right direction.

What do you want to do differently next year? Any changes from previous years?

There are a lot of nitty-gritty changes I want to make to the way that ASB works, but I think that the biggest change that I want to make is to keep ASB on track with its original goals. I think ASB often loses sight of the reason that it was created: to unify the school, and thus target the students at school who don’t yet feel like part of the student body. I want to lead with that goal in mind, keeping ASB on track to accomplish it.

What do you hope to accomplish by the end of next year? Major goals?

I hope to have established a successful, efficient ASB at Irvington. I hope to have helped the entirety of ASB develop as leaders, and I hope to have improved the unity of the student body, especially when it comes to kids who don’t feel safe at school. I want to make a serious, visible change.

What are you looking forward to most as President?

I’m looking forward to finally having control of ASB! After three years of picking up steam, getting ready to run for President, figuring out what needs to change, I am so ready to finally get to make all of the changes that I’ve been waiting for. It feels so good to know that they’re right around the corner.

What do you think will be your biggest obstacle?

My biggest obstacle will be people’s aversion to change. I have definitely discovered that people, especially teenagers, have trouble committing to changes. It’s because of this that I can’t necessarily change everything that I want to change right away. Change in ASB has to be slow to make it manageable for everyone involved.

Anything else you would like to add?

I want to thank again everyone who voted for me or supported me throughout campaign week! I can’t wait to serve you guys next year!

 

ASB VP: Alexa Reynoso

Why did you run for ASB VP?

I ran for ASB Vice President because I want to bring the school major changes. I am also very passionate about this school; since we only spend four years in high school, I want all students to have a memorable and positive high school experience.

What do you want to do differently next year? Any changes from previous years?

Lately our school spirit is declining and as your ASB VP for the 2014-2015 school years, I want to bring school spirit back! I plan on making Spirit Week next year bigger and better. I also want to incorporate more of the student body’s ideas so they can be more involved in school decisions.

What do you hope to accomplish by the end of next year? Major goals?

I’ll try my best to bring spirit back by making Spirit Week great with fun spirit days and creative bench building themes.

What are you looking forward to most as VP?

The biggest thing I am looking forward to as VP is planning Spirit Week! Spirit Week is one of the biggest events at Irvington, so I want to make it a very memorable experience for every Viking.

What do you think will be your biggest obstacle?

My biggest obstacle next year will be trying to incorporate everyone’s ideas to make them happy. I will try my best to listen to everyone’s ideas and incorporate them next year, but unfortunately I cannot please everyone.

Anything else you would like to add?

Thank you to everyone that voted for me and let’s make next year a great year!

 

ASB Rally Commissioner: Rahul Kasar

Why did you run for ASB Rally Commissioner?

I ran for ASB rally commissioner, because I feel that I am a great entertainer. I feel I can get the crowd into the rallies. I am not scared to go up in front of people and make people laugh and have a good time.

What do you want to do differently next year?

I want to make the rallies a lot more enjoyable. I want to have rallies that people will have fun in, and want to be a part of. And instead of only opening these rallies to a few people, I want to extend them so everyone will feel comfortable and proud winning games for their class or performing for the school. Also I want to change the way Buum squad is run. I want to select dedicated, loud, energetic people who will cheer on our school sports all through next year.

Any changes from previous years?

That’s a secret ;).

What do you hope to accomplish by the end of next year?

By the end of next year, I hope that I will be remembered as one of the best if not the best Rally Commissioner that has ever walked the halls of Irvington High School.

Major goals?

Like stated before I want to be the best Rally Commissioner Irvington has ever seen. That will not be able to happen without getting the crowd to love the rallies. I want everyone to come to the rallies, and not just enjoy it, but participate so hard that their voice is sore. I want people to be standing on their feet. I want people to get pumped and have them make memories that they will take into their adult lives.

What are you looking forward to most as rally commissioner?

To be perfectly honest with you, the thing that I am looking forward most is hearing the crowd cheer, yell and get into the rallies. I get a rush of euphoria when the crowd is cheering for something that I helped create.

What do you think will be your biggest obstacle?

I think that my biggest obstacle next year will be determining what acts, what skits, and generally what goes in the rally will get the biggest reaction out of the students. Many students don’t participate during rallies, and making acts that get them to get into it is tough but definitely do-able

Anything else you would like to add?

Once again I would like to make a humongous shout out to my campaign manager who Regina Song who went through a lot of work to make this happen the way I imagined it in my head.