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Getting to know next year’s ASB president

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Class of 2014-2015 ASB President Elise Dimick

Class of 2014-2015 ASB President Elise Dimick

Class of 2014-2015 ASB President Elise Dimick

Claire Porter, Staff Writer

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Next year’s presidential agenda is already being set.

On Feb. 25, Junior Elise Dimick was elected by the Carlmont student body as next school year’s Associated Student Body (ASB) President, and she is already planning out her ideas.

“My main goal is to increase school spirit and to enhance the family-like nature of the ASB class. We plan on having spirit clothes giveaways in the announcements, increasing involvement in Screamin’ Scots, hosting pre-football game tailgating, and involving other leadership classes in ASB events. Overall, I plan to facilitate an increase in enthusiasm, passion, and productivity in ASB,” said Dimick.

As ASB President elect, Dimick, along with next year’s ASB Vice Presidents Anna Shutovska and Raine Kerhin, have already began taking action in preparation for next year, including running the competitive interview process for future commissioners, preparing a meeting for next year’s class, and planning a field trip to both welcome the new ASB members and say goodbye to the graduating seniors.

Dimick has always had a passion for leadership. She has been a member of ASB as of freshman year, and prior to that was involved in leadership at Tierra Linda Middle School and Heather Elementary School.

“Initially I was nervous to put myself out there as a freshman, so I was planning on running for sophomore president the next year,” said Dimick. She had a change in heart, however, after speaking to a member in ASB who inspired her to set aside her fear and run for freshman president.

“I have never second guessed my love for ASB since,” Dimick said.

Though many students are pleased with the election results, simply getting through the election process itself is something to be proud of.

“The election process for ASB President is fast paced and stressful. With only a few weeks to gather over 100 signatures, create a platform, make all sorts of campaign signs, record a campaign video, and spend your lunches campaigning, it can be pretty stressful — especially when you are up against tough competition,” said Dimick.

Many students both in and out of ASB are excited to see what Dimick can bring to both the class and the school.

“ASB has made Elise a person who is very involved and someone who thrives on getting others to join in fun ASB activities. She is very outgoing and knows how to be everyones friend, and can relate to everyone and help figure out what’s best for the school,” said junior Frieda Freeman.

“I’m so excited for Elise to become president next year because she cares so much about the entire student body and loves to listen to your new ideas,” said junior Andrew Wach.

Junior Anna Shutovska, next year’s ASB Vice President, is excited to work with Dimick and experience her capabilities as well.

“Elise will definitely do a good job as President because she’s earned it and has learned a lot from Mr. Kelly and ASB as a whole on how to be an effective leader. She has been in ASB her entire time at Carlmont and has seen the past ASB presidents lead the class, so she knows what works and what doesn’t,” said Shutovska.

After developing her leadership skills over the past three years, Dimick feels prepared for the job.

“ASB has inspired me to step out of my comfort zone, approach people I don’t know, dress crazy for spirit days, speak out in my classes about upcoming events, and so on. ASB inspires me to stand up for what I believe in and to gear my passions towards change, rather than letting them sit,” said Dimick.

As the 2013-2014 school year comes to a close and students begin to relax, Dimick, along with the rest of the ASB executive board of 2014-2015, are working harder than ever to both complete their jobs in ASB this year and begin their preparation for the next.

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