Candidate for Vice President: Leigha Story

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

Since the beginning of 8th grade, I have held a leadership position at MCA. I have always enjoyed helping others through even simple acts, like providing information about an event or baking for someone’s birthday. With the passing of each year, I think about more ways to help improve my leadership skills and what I can provide to the student body of MCA. For me, Student Council is all about service: service for the school, service for the community, and service for the students. I feel that the greatest thing I can provide as Student Council Vice President is to actively listen to concerns of the students, work together with other council members and implement change as part of a team.

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

As Student Council Vice President, I will be driven by the needs of the students and inform the Student Body, through the representatives, of fun events and opportunities happening throughout the school year. My personal goal for next year is to create an organized list of deadlines and events and communicate this info to the reps in advance to ensure a less stressed process throughout the year.

What is your favorite thing about Mount Carmel?

As cliche as it might sound, I truly love the joy that I encounter every day at Mount Carmel. Whether you are having a stressful day or life is not going right, there is always someone to brighten your day with a passing smile or helping hand. The support and encouragement I see uniquely at MCA brings so much happiness to everyone and is unlike anything I have ever experienced.

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

My friendly disposition and “can do” attitude have helped me become a positive example to other students at MCA. When meeting new people, I don’t hesitate to strike up a conversation and get to know them. I am always willing to extend an ear to listen or a shoulder to cry on when someone is in need and offer encouragement and advice. I truly believe in living out the quote, “treat others as you want to be treated”. I try to model kindness and respect to anyone and everyone I meet.

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

The dedication I have to serve the needs of the students and my past accomplishments as a leader within the Student Council make me a qualified candidate for Vice President. Over the past few years, I have developed myself as a leader both in and out of MCA. Outside of MCA, I am Vice President of my CYO. I recently received an award for outstanding leadership for my church parish. I am a member of Teen Cross and serve on the board of the Pastoral Council for St. Angela Merici church as a youth representative. I also attend and actively participate in many leadership retreats throughout the years, having served as group leader for GNO workshop. At Mount Carmel, I served the Student Council as a homeroom representative for three years, a Member at Large, and bulletin board committee head for three years. I have received outstanding member awards each year on Student Council for my service. I am a Sardonyx junior editor, a Spirit Sparkler of PAWS, and a member of campus ministry. Each year I attended SLR and, this year served as a group leader. I have worked closely with the Vice Presidents of MCA, previous and current, giving me an insight into the duties and responsibilities the job of Vice President entails. I am well prepared for the responsibility and will be excited to serve as the Student Council Vice President of MCA.

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

To me, a servant leader seeks to selflessly help one another. I embody the term “servant leader” as I continually aspire to listen to and share ideas with others, encourage feedback and work with them, ensuring that each has the knowledge and resources they need to make decisions independently and collectively as a team. As a member of Student Council serving as Bulletin Board committee head, when a need for a more organized process for the bulletin boards arose, I talked with girls who had previously helped for their ideas and concerns. With their feedback, I was able to create and implement a more effective system which made the job less stressful for all. It was nothing I received recognition for, nor did I need it. I just saw a need, stepped in and helped out. As Sardonyx Junior editor and a Spirit Sparkler of PAWS, I strive to be a leader who actively listens to others and works together to help each other grow.

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.

Serving as a leader in student council and many other clubs throughout the years has taught me to prioritize my responsibilities and my studies simultaneously. I use my assignment pad religiously to keep track of everything in my life from school work and tests to extracurricular events. I continually check tasks off of my assignment pad in order to stay on top of my studies and not fall behind. I work and study ahead of time especially when I know that my responsibilities will require more of me. Over the past few years, I also have learned the value of communication. As Vice President of the Student Council, I plan to communicate in advance to my fellow Student Council members and the homeroom representatives to keep everyone informed and on task.

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

I personally love the quarterly spirit point celebrations, smaller scale pep rallies, and announcements about student events around campus. I feel that celebrating each grade’s participation throughout the quarter with class colors and a treat was so unique and I can tell that my classmates enjoyed the festivities. I hope to maintain the shorter pep rallies that we had for the pink game this year as they were effective in gaining school spirit and excitement for the event. Lastly, I hope to continue announcing Student Council activities to inform the student body of the fun events happening around them.

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

I personally loved the work that was done by this year’s Executive Board and hope to keep many of the same traditions such as lunch picnics, fun pep rallies, and spirit point events. My goal for next year is to collaborate with the rest of the Student Council members to brainstorm throughout the year themes for events, ideas for pep rallies, and Mount Carmel’s Student Leader’s Retreat activities. I feel that these goals can be accomplished simply through the weekly Monday afternoon meetings.

How do you spread JOY at MCA?

I spread JOY through my involvement in extracurriculars. As a member of Campus Ministry, I have always sought to bring the love I have for Christ to others. My participation in the Advent prayer service, school masses, and Campus Ministry week helped me spread Jesus to others. I constantly look for ways to help others throughout my day whether that be holding the door for someone one or explaining a difficult concept in class. Overall, my involvement in service at MCA specifically through my work on Student Council has been the greatest gift that has helped me spread JOY. I hope to continue with the same love of Christ and passion next year as Student Council Vice President.