By Keila McCabe ’20
New seventh grade senators were elected on Nov. 4, the elected representatives are Jade Stanford ‘22, Sophia Lindus ‘22, Mark Cho ‘22 and Landon Lewis ‘22 have already begun brainstorming and are excited to work together.
“It was a bit of a shock because I was one of only three kids that came from my elementary school. Then a lot of people started talking to me and saying I had their vote. I was surprised to see how many people supported me and were going to vote for me. Once the results came out I was excited to be senator and better the community”, Cho said.
The election process lasted from Nov. 1-4. The candidates filled out an application which included their candidate statements. The candidates prepared speeches to present at class assembly and the seventh graders voted that night.
According to seventh grade dean Kate Benton, senators have been a prominent factor of the Middle and Upper School since the school was first merged. The senators have many responsibilities, such as planning school-wide events and upholding the honor code.
“Senators benefit Harvard-Westlake because they are sort of the pulse of the student body and hopefully their classmates come to them with questions, complaints, concerns,” Benton said.
New senators have begun to make plans for the upcoming year. They said they are excited to unite the school and work together to achieve goals.
“I want to try to have a later start to school on some days because that has happened before and I feel like it would really benefit the students. Other senators and I also wanted to keep the cafeteria open until 5:30 pm when after all the sports end,” Lindus said