Class officer elections result in next year’s leaders


Photo by Jake Konigsberg

Class officer voting occurred through a Google form.

The school’s annual elections for next year’s class officers were held from May 4 to May 5. Students in each class voted for their grade levels’ president, vice president, treasurer and secretary. 

For the class of 2023 every candidate who won their respective election had been at their current position the previous year: Max Choi as  president, Hope Safai as vice president, Tyler Cosgrove as treasurer and Allison Cheng as secretary. “I am happy that we have the same staff as the year prior because we have built good relationships together and we work well together,” Cosgrove said. 

For the class of 2024, Kelly Ren won the presidency, Aneela Shemsu won the vice presidency, Irene Kim won the treasurer position and Yuanzhe Cui won the secretary position. For the class of 2025 Kian Hamidzadeh won the presidency, Noah Friedman won the vice presidency, Yury Rusakov won the treasurer position and Justin Kim won the secretary position. 

The elections for the class of 2026 will take place at Frost and Cabin John Middle Schools. Because all of Frost students feed into this school, while only half of Cabin John does, Frost students vote for the president, the vice president, and the treasurer while Cabin John students only vote for the secretary. “As a Cabin John student, I think that only being able to vote for the secretary is unfair because the Frost students that win their election may only be guaranteed to represent us for freshmen year, but it is easier for these students to win their elections in future years because they have experience,” senior Ethan Fayne said. 

Voting occurred on a Google form and was open to all students. Students could watch the pre-recorded speeches to make educated votes for who they wanted to represent them. “I think the way the candidates’ speeches were designed on the website was not very good because it was at the bottom under all of the names of the candidates, and it was so much quicker to just vote and be done with it. For next year I think that all homeroom teachers should show the speeches to the classes so students have to watch them,” junior Devlin McCarthy said. 

To obtain more votes, candidates created social media accounts and placed posters around the school to raise awareness of their campaign. With the use of social media and posters, students who had not known anything about candidates can learn what they intend to do if elected, allowing students to become more educated on who they want to vote for.