Class presidents: who they are and what they do


Denise Ferrer

StuGo prepares signs to welcome back students on campus. They posted the signs in the cafeteria with each students’ name written on a sheet of paper.

Known for their involvement in school dances, spirit weeks, and assemblies, StuGo may not seem to be making a daily impact, but they are involved in the daily runnings on campus. At every event, class representatives are key leaders in StuGo. However, many students may not understand everything that goes on behind the scenes.

Senior class representative is Patrick Duffy. He participated in StuGo his freshman year, which helped him prepare to run for senior class president this year. “My sister was in StuGo. [She] wasn’t president, but I still felt like it would be cool to be president and here I am.” He plans all of the senior events such as Senior Sunrise and Senior Sunset. “I like planning it. I think it’s fun. I like to see the work I put in and how it turns out.” He is currently involved in football. Fourth quarter, Duffy plans on joining track as well. Duffy explains that attending events is important. “Don’t miss out on the dances, even if they seem lame. You’re never going to go to a high school dance again.”

Next, junior class representative is Emily Hastings. Hastings has been in student council since fourth grade. She has prior experience as a class representative as well. “I like being able to help out around the school and plan dances. StuGo becomes like a family, so it’s nice to have a built-in friend group each year.” 

Dances are Hastings’ favorite activity to plan. “Right now, I’m planning homecoming. I’m also planning prom. We have to decide as a StuGo what the theme is going to be and where it’s going to be. We have to get food trucks, security, and decorations.” Planning each dance takes more time and effort than one may think. “It’s a lot of paperwork. We start planning things a couple months before. It takes a while to get everything approved by admin and through the district. We need to get everything signed by our principal, and then it gets sent higher up. Once it gets signed by them, it gets back to us, and we get to do what we want,” Hastings explained. 

Class representatives have many other responsibilities. “I have to take attendance of my junior class. At the start of each class, each class representative takes attendance of their own class. I would say who is here in the junior class and who is absent. It makes things easier for my teacher,” said Hastings.

Sophomore class representative is Isabella Diaz. She has one additional year of experience in student council prior to this year. Diaz’s job as sophomore class representative is to “take care of [her] sophomore class, make sure they’re okay, and lead them in the right direction.” Diaz is very passionate about student involvement. “I fell in love with StuGo. Having this big leadership role is really important to me because it was making an even bigger contribution to the student council. I love Perry. It’s an amazing school. I get to be involved in these amazing events with these amazing people. It’s a great feeling,” she explains. “Your student council puts in so much work, so be grateful for that. Thank them every once in a while because it is a lot of their own free time.”

Freshman class representative has yet to be selected. “When they come into freshman year, we put out announcements to have them sign up. We hand out packets and have them go through the whole election process. We have it on Infinite Campus. People vote for who they want, and they come in for interviews. Then, we decide who gets in,” explained Hastings. Check out Infinite Campus in order to vote!

The class representatives were asked a series of questions during their interviews. Among the questions asked, one particular question gave very interesting answers. 

Lexi Amaro: What is something you strongly dislike?

Patrick Duffy: “I don’t like seaweed. It feels weird. When you’re out in the ocean, and you touch seaweed, it’s like ew.”

Emily Hastings: “I hate when things are a weird texture. When something is a gross texture, I won’t even touch it, like cotton balls. If my hands are a weird texture, I have to go wash them immediately. I can’t wash them at school because the sinks are dirty, so I have to wait until I get home. It’s terrible.”

Isabella Diaz: “It sounds dark, but my worst fear is being alone. [I also hate] when people chew with their mouth open.”