William Trotter '24 and Wesley Solomon '24
The following is a transcript of an interview with Prefect, Class President, and Precalculus wizard, Wesley Solomon. Portions of the interview have been edited or redacted for clarity, accuracy, and confidentiality. Solomon was elected Head Prefect after this interview was conducted.
William: Good morning and congratulations on your re-election as prefect. Also, good luck in the upcoming Head Prefect election.
Wesley: Thank you.
William: So, why do you think your class reelected you as a prefect?
Wesley: I think I was reelected because people know me and feel like they can talk to me. I like to be the guy that people can go to for advice or talk about whatever is on their mind. Whether I’m walking around the hallways and simply saying “what’s up” or just having a laugh with the fellas at lunch, I think I do a good job of just being there for people.
William: What would you say has been your greatest achievement as Class President?
Wesley: In terms of the school or the administration or bigger-picture stuff, probably not a lot has changed since I’ve been a prefect, but we have some surprises in the works for the end of the school year—so I am looking forward to that.
William: If not with the school, how about in your own life—what has been your greatest personal achievement this school year?
Wesley: Honestly, I think it’s just all the work I’ve put into sports, especially crew, this year. Seeing my hard work pay off has been really gratifying. Also, seeing the guys around me succeed and grow has been awesome.
William: How do you think the student council’s line of communication with the administration has been this year?
Wesley: You know, they definitely do listen. They definitely take our thoughts into consideration, and I think, especially late in that third quarter when people were starting to slip, they did a good job of working with us to help people get back on track academically. The administration has always been quick to reach out to us or call a meeting to hear us out on different things throughout the year.
William: What do you hope to accomplish next year?
Wesley: I want to bring a new energy to the school that hasn’t been seen since before COVID. Every year since coming back from COVID, it’s been a little shaky, a little different. The school has definitely gotten back to the way things were, but I think the energy is still off. Next year, I want to bring the energy back, get people hype, get people out to games, make it fun again.
William: What do you have to do to bring the energy back?
Wesley: Like Coach OJ likes to say, it’s all in the little things. Once you do the littles things, the big things take care of themselves. Whether it’s helping people study or giving a freshman a ride or whatever, we’ve got to support our brothers more on a daily basis. That way when it comes time for those big games and such, we’ll know that our brothers have our back.
William: The crew season is winding down, and the off-season for football is starting up—any predictions for football for next year?
Wesley: You know, I’m not a big predictions guy, so we’ll just have to see how the summer goes. When a group of guys comes together and really puts in the work, great things are bound to happen. Last season we worked hard, but clearly it wasn’t enough. No one likes to lose. We’re definitely going to be working hard this summer because that IAC banner is won in the dog days of July and August. We’ve got some teams on the schedule this year that I’m definitely looking forward to getting revenge on, but that’s all I’ll say.