Candidate for Vice President: Ava Buras


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

I am running for Student Council Vice President because I want to use my talents and abilities for the good of Mount Carmel on a school-wide level rather than just in my class. After being a class representative for the past four years, I wish to serve them as a leader who understands their job and what it consists of. I am also driven to serve the needs of the student body, and holding a place on the Executive Board of Student Council would be a good way to lead my school.

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

One thing that I really want to accomplish this year is utilizing the Student Council work week over the summer to the best of my ability. I believe that if I can get everything prepared over the summer, the workload for the representatives will be diminished over the course of the year. In order to boost attendance at these work weeks, I plan to implement attainable incentives for the workers, whether they be point opportunities or committee events.

What is your favorite thing about Mount Carmel?

My absolute favorite thing about Mount Carmel has to be what we call “The Spirit of Carmel.” This includes everything from the bonds of our sisterhood to how we interact with strangers. There is just something about a Mount Carmel student that you can see from a mile away, and that is something I will always be grateful for experiencing.

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

I think that I act as a positive example to other Mount Carmel students through my work and my actions. I have always put school first, whether that be through my classes or my clubs. I am not afraid to cancel plans with friends or reschedule a social event if my work at Mount Carmel calls me to do so, and although it may prove difficult, I think it is an important quality for a leader.

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

I have been an outstanding member for Ambassadors and Celebration choir, so it is apparent that I have a desire to serve Mount Carmel in whatever way it calls me to do so. I have been a Class Representative for the past four years, and Fundraising Committee Head for the past two years. My work on student council as a representative has allowed me to experience the job that I will be overseeing as Vice President, if elected.

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

Being a “servant leader” entails that I always do my job well and with compassion; my work should always call for me to be a woman for others. In recognizing this, I make a point to give my all in my classes and the clubs I have joined. I am always willing to pick up the leftover work because I recognize the need for a helping hand. As previously mentioned, I have been a Committee Head on Student Council for two years, and, I have been an outstanding member for Ambassadors and Celebration choir, serving both my school and my Church.

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 your strategies for time management.

I know that being elected into a position on the Executive Board of Student Council can be time consuming because if one member of the team does not prioritize the club, it makes it harder to stay productive as a group. I have thought long and hard about how to schedule my classes and delegate my participation in clubs; thus, I have decided to only participate in the Spring Musical and not the Fall Play with STK. This should give me more time to become acclimated with the specifics of Executive Board and what it will expect of me over the course of the year.

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

I really appreciate everything that this past year’s Executive Board has done for our school. In all of my years at Mount Carmel, I do not think that I have seen such a close-knit and productive panel of girls. With that being said, I want to maintain that productivity. People could tell that these girls truly prioritized their positions, and I hope to maintain that legacy.

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

My main two goals as Vice President next year would be to increase attendance at Student Council event activities and to make pep rallies more interactive and enjoyable for the student body. I think this year’s Executive Board has made great strides in the right direction, but I want to continue their work by adding fun and attainable incentives for student participation in activities such as Student Leader Retreat, Slam N’ Jam, and Cub Crusader Clash.

How do you spread JOY at MCA?

I believe that I spread JOY around Mount Carmel through my words and actions: it is important to always remember that a smile in the hallway or simply holding the door for someone can go along way in our world today. Every gesture and ‘thank you’ reminds people of their significance, and nothing is more important than making sure other people feel appreciated at this school whether it be another student, teacher, administrator, cafeteria worker, or maintenance man.