By Kalena Blake '20
Hi everyone, my name is Kalena Blake, and I am the student body president of the Upper School. On behalf of the Student Government and the senior class, I am excited to welcome everyone to the ’19- ’20 school year. I would like to take this opportunity to speak more about student government, outline some initiatives I have for the school year, and, most importantly, get everyone excited for what will certainly be another great year at NCS.
First, the student government is comprised of grade and school-wide leadership. We meet every F-day during clubs to plan school events, pass proposals, and discuss how we can support grade representatives and board heads in their initiatives. In the past few years, student government implemented initiatives such as the liaison program with the middle school, the NEST program, a cross-grade mentorship project, and the peer mentor program. I am excited to not only support already existing initiatives, but also to collaborate on some new ways to improve the upper school life.
However, I want to emphasize something: you don’t have to be a part of student government or write an elaborate proposal to enact change at NCS. If you see a way in which life at the upper school can be improved, feel free to email, text, or talk to either me or a grade representative. I want the student government to be as responsive as possible this year.
In addition to responsiveness, this year, I hope to focus on improving student engagement by incentivizing attendance at games, open mics, and productions. In order to do so, the student government will work with the newly formed NCS booster club, CASH, to increase student turnout at events. I also hope to start a conversation about how NCS have can a more comprehensive alumni association. Nonetheless, the core of stugov’s mission will be to make NCS more enjoyable for everyone. For the freshman, I want to ensure the transition to the upper school is as smooth as possible. For sophomores and juniors, I want to make sure that stugov supports you in all your academic, athletic, and artistic purists. Lastly, for seniors, I want our last year to be the best it can be. Whether this is through putting snacks in Woodley or planning fun NEST events, I want each grade to have an amazing and exciting year.
Please stop me in the hallway if you want to chat about student government or just want to have a conversation! I’m so excited to get to know each of you!