After months of collecting signatures, campaigning, and debating, the students’ votes have been cast and Sam Bird ’18 and Eastlyn Frankel ’18 have been elected Student Body Co-Presidents for the 2017-2018 school year. The polls opened before class Thursday morning and were closed at 9:30 p.m. Thursday evening.
According to their platform, the pair has three major focuses for the upcoming school year. First, they will work to increase interaction between grades by emphasizing different mentorship programs and mixed-grade programming and activities to make sure that students who are in different grades get to know each other, which will create a stronger and closer community at Andover.
Second, they want to prioritize health and wellness among students. They will implement different health, wellness, and sleep challenges to encourage healthy behavior among students. The pair also aims to put water fountains in every dorm to emphasize good hydration habits.
Third, they want to work, through the implementation of forums and panels, to ensure that students’ voices are heard on issues like the new schedule, so that the student body has a say in what the upcoming years at Andover will be like.
Bird and Frankel have a strong relationship and chemistry with each other, performing together in Under the Bed, and though they do not have prior student council experience, they are ready to learn and bring an outsider’s perspective to student government in order to lead the student body effectively for the next year.