Class of 2022 elects its first student council


Kate Delaney

Students got to cast their votes for five of their peers, who gave speeches on Friday.

Quinn McManus

The Class of 2022 held its first student council elections on Friday, Oct. 5. Nine candidates ran to fill five available positions on the council.

Before the election started, Class of 2022 adviser and Spanish teacher Karen Britto led candidates into Room 107, where they would make their speeches in front of their peers. The candidates included Samantha Skolnick of Hazlet, Luke LaTorre of Middletown, Jacob Irwin of Middletown, Isabella Ji of Holmdel, Elle Lukowiak of Wall Township, Quinn McManus of Fair Haven, Bea Zaleski of Fair Haven, Francesca Santaniello of Tinton Falls and James Finnegan of Brielle.

Some candidates went for the funny approach, while others delivered more serious speeches. After the speeches, Britto distributed slips of paper to students to cast their votes for five of their peers.

Ji said that she ran because she wanted to represent such a great group of people. In her speech, Ji described all of the things that she could bring to the Class of 2022.

“I was very nervous after giving my speech, but excited to see the results of the election,” Ji said.

The results of the election were announced to the school over the loudspeaker at 2:19 pm. The final results announced Irwin as President, Skolnick and LaTorre as Vice Presidents and Ji and Lukowiak on council.

Ji said she was extremely excited to be a representative of the Class of 2022, and said in her speech, “thank you for teaching me new things.”