Candidate for President: Katie Poirier

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Why are you running for your desired positions on Student Government?

This year, I have decided to run for Executive Board President because I believe that my experience on Executive Board this past year is an asset I can use to effectively lead Student Government. I feel that I am qualified for this position, and I would like to use this opportunity to serve the student body as best I can and continue to grow as a leader. Student Council has been one of my top priorities for the past 4 years at Mount Carmel, serving as a homeroom representative for 3 years and the Student Council Secretary this past year. I also was the spirit point committee head my sophomore year, allowing me to get a closer look at Student Council before being elected as an officer. These experiences have allowed me to become experienced in several aspects of Student Government. As President, I would like to use this experience and continue to dedicate my time and effort to creating a successful Student Council.

What is one thing you want to accomplish this year in your desired position? How will you go about doing so? 

Student Government is obviously about the students! As President, this year I would like to keep the student body informed of upcoming events and activities as well as make these activities as enjoyable as possible. I will be an effective liaison between administration and the students, serving both groups and communicating all ideas between the two groups. I would also like to incorporate ideas from the student body by being both an effective listener and an effective communicator. I would also like to incorporate as much service as possible into Student Council next year. Since we are such a large organization, I believe that we have the resources to help the Mount Carmel community even more through providing assistance to anyone who needs it.

What is your favorite thing about Mount Carmel?

As simple as it sounds, my favorite thing about Mount Carmel is the people. Throughout my years here, I have grown more in my friendships than I ever would have known. I originally came from a very small elementary school and when I first started at MCA, suddenly I feared becoming a small fish in a big pond. Through the encouraging students and faculty at MCA, I quickly realized that there are no big or small fish; everyone cares for everyone. Even as an incoming 8th grader at Cub Connection, I felt encouraged and inspired by the upperclassmen, which has helped me develop into the person I am today. With that being said, the people at Mount Carmel are some of the funniest, kindest, and most creative people I have ever met, which is constant motivation for me to continue to improve myself.

How do you act as a positive example to other students at MCA?

I’d like to believe that my involvement in MCA activities and my dedication to Mount Carmel in general shows other students how they can use the opportunities offered by MCA to grow. When I first came to MCA, I was a scared 8th grader and I was unsure of what I would become or what activities I would be a part of. I had never done Student Council before, but I knew I wanted to be involved at MCA, so I decided to run for homeroom representative. Luckily, I was elected and that is where my journey began. Student Council has taught me to be more outgoing, collaborative, organized, and creative. I believe that my growth throughout my years here could serve as a positive example to other students.

Why should your peers vote for you? What qualifications do you have? Are there any awards you have received?

I have been an active member of Student Council for 4 years, serving as a homeroom representative for 3 years and the Student Council Secretary this past year. My sophomore year, I also served as the spirit point committee head. Additionally, I have received 3 outstanding member awards for Student Council during my years as a representative. I believe that having the unique experience of previously serving as a Student Council officer has given me a different perspective, allowing me to see the flaws of this past year along with the successes. This year I consciously aimed to continue to grow as a leader so I can best serve Mount Carmel. By doing so, I attended a number of leadership workshops in my free time both during the summer and throughout the school year. Furthermore, I was elected as the District I Vice President for the Greater New Orleans Area in the Louisiana Association of Student Councils. This experience allows me to work with other schools in our area and gain new ideas in order to further develop our Student Council.

How do you embody the term “servant leader”? Be specific about your contributions both in Student Council and at MCA in general.

Throughout my years at Mount Carmel, I have learned the importance of service in everything that I do. Through being an Ambassador, I have learned a lot about what it means to specifically serve Mount Carmel as a school and I have applied that to my work as a member of Student Council. At the Louisiana Association of Student Councils’ summer workshop I learned many ways I can grow as a leader, the most important being that “to lead is to serve, and to serve is to love.” Service and leadership go hand in hand; the central focus of leadership is to serve the people you are chosen to lead. Throughout my years at Mount Carmel, both within Student Council and in my day to day life, I try to embody the term “servant leader” by incorporating the student body and their ideas whenever possible. I have learned that there is so much more to being a successful leader than putting your ideas into action; leaders must be active listeners and aim to reach the goals of the student body. As President, I would like to continue to grow as a servant leader by serving both the student body, the faculty, and administration as best I can.

Recognizing that MCA’s Executive Board is extremely time consuming, how do you plan to manage your time next year if you win? Be specific about strategies for time management.

This past year along with serving as the Executive Board Secretary, I took rigorous courses including Honors and AP classes, in addition to being active member of the Ambassador team, National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and multicultural club. This past year I was extremely involved, which forced me to learn more than I ever thought I could learn about time management skills. I learned to prioritize my tasks and not waste a second of the day. Last year as Secretary, I was responsible for organizing Student Government and keeping an accurate record of the requirements for 196 Student Government members, as well was working as a team alongside the other 5 Executive Board members, which allowed me to expand my organization skills. From early mornings to late nights, I like to effectively use my time by completing tasks quickly and sufficiently. Next year, I will continue the time management strategies I have learned and used this year in order to effectively serve as President.

What are some of the things you love about Student Council that you want to maintain?

Personally, one of my favorite parts of being a member of Student Council for the past 4 years is the friendships I have made. I have become friends with many people in various grades that I am not sure I would have ever met if it had not been for Student Council. I also love planning events, which is why I have loved serving as a Student Council officer and I would love to serve again in the 2019-2020 school year.

What goals do you have for Student Council next year? How do you think we can accomplish these goals?

Next year, I would like to make the members of Student Council feel more appreciated for all of their hard work. While on Executive Board, I often received many compliments and some gratitude for our work, however, as a past homeroom representative, I noticed that the other members of Student Council often do not receive the gratitude that they deserve. As secretary, I was in charge of the thank you notes written by Student Council to faculty who have helped us, which has helped me realize that as Student Government, we thank so many other people, but we do not thank our members as much as we should. The 196 members of Student Government this past year have done more than many people would ever notice because they did it humbly. Next year, I would like to appreciate all of the members more by rewarding them for their hard work and simply thanking them whenever possible.

How do you spread JOY at MCA?

As we all know, JOY at Mount Carmel is not simply another word for happiness. Spreading JOY, in the order of Jesus, others, then myself, is something I consciously aim to do. To serve Jesus, I not only attend mass on the weekends, but also Monday mass at MCA. I also incorporate Jesus as much as I can within Student Council by making sure each event and meeting starts with a prayer. For others, as previously stated in question 6, I try to use my role as a leader to best serve others. When serving others, I seek to be an active listener to all, and help others with whatever they ask of me, sometimes even when they do not ask. Lastly, I serve myself by continuing to grow in my leadership roles. Lastly, I believe that the simple ways of spreading joy are usually the most effective. Whether it be smiling at someone in the halls, asking someone about their day, or just listening to whatever they have to say, sometimes these simple actions can make someone’s day.