Background and speeches of East’s presidential and vice presidential candidates

Eastside Editorial Board

Avra Bossov (’11)

Background

1. What position are you applying for and why?
I am applying for SGA Vice President. This position signifies the potential to truly make an impact on the East student body. As I walk through the halls of East, I notice that we are lacking a sense of community to a certain degree. Through my efforts in the Vice President position, I hope to change that. I want East to be a place people enjoy attending, not only for the academic opportunities.
2. What previous experience do you have in student government?
Freshman Class VP and Sophomore Class VP
3. List the most important activities (clubs, sports, honors/achievements received) that you have been involved in.
Freshman year-Class VP, Eastside Staff, Assistant Editor of Demogorgon/Space Available
Sophomore year-Class VP, Eastside Global Commentary Editor, Assistant Editor of Demogorgon
4. What do you have to offer?
Because I feel that school spirit and a sense of community are necessary to instill, I can offer enthusiasm. Being personally excited about events is the first step to making an event successful, because people catch on and reciprocate that enthusiasm. I can also contribute many ideas.
5. Why are you the most qualified person for this position?
I have been active in student government since 7th grade, and have seen how events and leaders impact the school. I am extremely organized, dedicated to my responsibilities, and feel as though I have a plethora of new ideas to bring to the table that will help SGA prosper.
6. How can you relate to the students and represent the student body?
I can relate to the student body by talking to fellow students and identifying what they want changed in order to bridge the gap between administration and the student body. As for myself, I take both H and A classes which helps me see different types of students. Also, I am able to start conversation with peers easily.

Speech

My name is Avra Bossov, and I’m running for SGA VP.

There are many things I would like to say to you, but so very little time.
So please give me a listen during this itty bitty rhyme.

You may have seen me in the halls in tie dye with blue hair,
Or else upon this screen before, showing you all that I care.

SGA has the potential to go in many different directions,
And I’m here today to show you how I can provide necessary connections.

I’ve worked behind the scenes for our events right here at East,
Enhancing the East community has been a challenge to say the least.

Imagine more smiles in the hallways, School spirit on the rise,
And excellence in administration and student government ties.

Why should you vote for this here fool?
I believe I can help us all care about this school.

All around I hear people say what’s up with SGA and our community,
This makes me prepared, ready and willing to do something through this opportunity.

So please get UP out of your seat and head to the voting booth,
Our school deserves more and only you can help change it-that’s the truth.

Dan Desrochers (’11)

Background

1. What position are you applying for and why?
I am applying for the position of vice president. I am applying for this because I would like to represent the student body and have more of a say in the school. I would love the opportunity to make an impact on the present and future East.
2. What previous experience do you have in student government?
Vice- President (Freshman)
Representative (Sophomore)
3. List the most important activities (clubs, sports, honors/achievements received) that you have been involved in.
SGA- Vice- President and Representative
FOP- Two years
Ice Hockey Varsity- Two years
4. What do you have to offer?
I have to offer hard work and a willingness to make East the best that it can be. I also have good leadership qualities and many good ideas for new events and the fixing of old events.
5. Why are you the most qualified person for this position?
I am not the most qualified person for this position, I know other who are more qualified, however I am willing to work harder and give up all my time for this position. I have a lot of experience in leadership and can work with a team.
6. How can you relate to the students and represent the student body?
Well first of all, I am a student, so I think that makes me relate to them. I would be open to suggestions and opinions of all of the student body and see what I could do to make East a better place for them.

Speech

A great speech is one that earns the votes of every single person in the audience. Unfortunately this is not one of those. Hello my name is Dan Desrochers and I am running for vice president of our school. My main goal for this speech is not to bore you for the next minute and since many of you have already stopped paying attention, I am pretty sure I failed. Now you may ask yourself “why would this kid run for vice president?” and it’s because I want to have a bigger impact in the school. The Student Government is the representation of the student body. We may not be able to do as much as you wish but we still can make your opinions heard in the administration. Your next question might be “Why would I want this kid representing me?” It’s because I am a very qualified, very competent individual. I would love nothing more then to represent the student body. The students are the most important part of the school (without us there would be no point to one) and it is very important that we express our opinions. As vice-president I would not be representing MY opinion but yours. My main goal if I am elected is to bridge this gap between the student body and the student government. We represent you and if you feel that the officers are unapproachable then it defeats the whole purpose of us being there. I hope that this speech did not interrupt your lunch and that you were able to enjoy this wonderful cafeteria food to its full potential (however low that might be). So vote for Dan Desrochers.

Dov Halevy (’10)

Background

1. What position are you applying for and why?
I am applying for the position of Vice-President of student government for many reasons. Now as a class president, I feel I am more experienced to fulfill my obligations as the SGA Vice-President. This position is very important to me because I want to make a difference in my school and community. Also, I have a voice that all students respect and I am an asset to my peers. This way I can help to improve the school.
2. What previous experience do you have in student government?
SGA Representative (Freshman and Sophomore)
SGA President (Junior)
3. List the most important activities (clubs, sports, honors/achievements received) that you have been involved in.
SGA- President and Representative
FOP- Member (Three years) and Holiday Chairperson (Junior)
Cherry Hill East Varsity Lacrosse
East In Action- One year
Indian Culture Club
DECA- State finalist 2008
4. What do you have to offer?
I am a very diligent, hard working individual, that not only has the motivation to succeed, but also the leadership skills. I have a lot of experience in student government and I always strive for perfection.
5. Why are you the most qualified person for this position?
I have learnt much over the year and realized that I was not ready for the responsibility last year. But now with more experience as not only the Junior Class President, but also as a FOP Chairperson. I can handle the responsibility of the SGA Vice-President.
6. How can you relate to the students and represent the student body?
I am very open to different opinions and can compromise to make things work. Also as an athlete and a student, I know the stress that students undergo everyday and how to talk to others about these struggles. I represent a majority of the student body because I listen to what they have to say. Students need someone that they can trust and I am that person.

Speech

Hello, my name is Dov Halevy. I am not here to tell you what you should or shouldn’t do, but I will tell you the facts. I am currently the Junior Class President, and I have been involved in Student government for my 3 years here at East. Slowly I have moved up in rank and now I am applying for your Vice President of Student Government. I am involved in many diverse activities including FOP as a holiday chairperson, DECA, and other clubs and athletics. Through all of these experiences I have learnt one thing: how to succeed. I do not see loss as failure, but as a new opportunity for success. And as your SGA Vice President I will succeed. I am fully committed and prepared to take on the difficult challenges presented as the Vice President. I am unafraid to voice my opinion and make a difference. Over my high school career I have acquired my leadership skills through my involvement in SGA, and Varsity Lacrosse. I want to make a memorable experience, not only for myself, but also for those around me. Not one that withers away, but one that gets stronger over time. These are the facts. Vote for Dov Halevy, thank you.

Natalie Handali (’11)

Background

1. What position are you applying for and why?
I am applying for president of the school. I have been a member of student government for all three years that I have been at east, and I would like to become even more involved. I would like to interact with administration more and interact with more students that I wouldn’t usually.
2. What previous experience do you have in student government?
VP- Freshman year, representative- sophomore and junior year
3. List the most important activities (clubs, sports, honors/achievements received) that you have been involved in.
Field hockey (three), lacrosse (two), Eastside (one), Blood Drive (two) – one year chair person, FOP (three)
4. What do you have to offer?
I am prepared to devote my time to student government and organizing school events. I am outgoing, which will help when getting more students involved.
5. Why are you the most qualified person for this position?
I am the most qualified because I have experience in SGA, I know a lot of students, I am not afraid to stand up in front of them and get them to participate in school functions. I am also able to lead and represent the school in the best way possible.
6. How can you relate to the students and represent the student body?
I am involved in many different clubs and activities therefore I encounter many different kinds of students each day, which will help in getting more students involved in activities SGA organizes.

Speech

Hi everyone! My name is Natalie Handali and I am running for President of the Student Government. I believe my three years of experience in our Student Government qualifies me for this role and I would like to put it into perspective for you.

There are approximately 543 students in each grade, for a total student population of about 2,612 kids. If every one of you voted, I would need 1,307 of you to vote for me, in order to win.

There is so much more to our experiences at East beyond the 6 hours we’re required to spend at school and that is where I believe I can have some impact on each of every one of you.

Personally, I love coming to school proven by the fact that I have only missed 2 of the last 823 school days at East. My goal as your leader is that all 2,612 of you feel the same way that I do by the end of my term.

You have the choice to pick me, a leader that will offer you the commitment to help you enjoy the 1,800 minutes you spend per week at school.

Although, I have thrown quite a few numbers around the most important number that all of you need to remember is the number one. There can only be one President of our Student Government and I am the one to vote for. Vote Natalie Handali for President of the Student Government.

Bret Marlowe (’10)

Background

1. What position are you applying for and why?
I am applying for SGA President because I love this school and I think can improve it. I also think I can do a better job than anyone else in my grade because I have the most experience and the motivation to get things done successfully.
2. What previous experience do you have in student government?
SGA Vice President, Sophomore Class President, Freshman Class President
3. List the most important activities (clubs, sports, honors/achievements received) that you have been involved in.
Freshman Class President, Sophomore Class President, SGA VP, freshman baseball, JV Baseball, FOP, Eastside Writer
4. What do you have to offer?
I have held the highest possible position in student government every year since sixth grade. I have great relationships with many types of students, teachers, and administrators. I know how SGA works and events SGA runs. I am not afraid to speak my opinion, and I have the motivation to get changes done in order to improve Cherry Hill East. I believe I am one of the hardest working individuals in Student Government.
5. Why are you the most qualified person for this position?
I have the most experience and I am the only candidate who has School Student Government experience. I think it is almost impossible for someone without Student Government experience to be an effective SGA President. In working under a great model, Emily Zippilli, I learned what needs to be done and how it needs to be done in order to have a successful term.
6. How can you relate to the students and represent the student body?
I have friends from different races, backgrounds, grades, and cliques. Therefore, I can ask a broad range of people for their perspective on topics related to our school. I know what my fellow students are going through and I understand their concerns.

Speech

According to Barack Obama, “This is our moment. This is our time.” I believe this is OUR time to fulfill our potential and make Cherry Hill EAST the best it can be.
My name is Bret Marlowe and I am running for Student Government President.
My goal is to make your experience at EAST a memorable one. I plan to devote my time to planning school wide events that will help boost enthusiasm throughout the school. I am responsible for bringing back the Variety Show, which will happen this spring.
I have more experience than any other candidate. I’ve been president of both the Freshman Class and Sophomore class, and currently, I am Student Government Vice President. As SGA Vice President, I worked under a great leader, Emily Zippilli, who taught me what must be done in order to have a successful term as President.
I am also the most inclusive candidate. I have friends from different grades, races, backgrounds, and cliques. Therefore, I will listen to a broad range of people about their perspective on topics related to our school. During my term as SGA President, I hope to use my involvement with fellow classmates to further open the channels of communication.
Every year since 8th grade, I have held the most responsible leadership position. I have proven over and over my dedication to East and my desire to improve the East experience for all.
So, I am asking that you vote for me, Bret Marlowe, as Student Government President and help make a difference.

Molly Ruttenberg (’10)

Background

1. What positions are you applying for and why?
I am applying for the position of Vice President because I feel that I have the motivation, leadership, skills and enthusiasm to represent Cherry Hill East’s entire student body.
2. What previous experience do you have in student government?
I have been a student representative for the Class of 2010 for the past three years
3. List the most important activities that you have been involved in.
FOP Holiday Party (9, 10, 11)
FOP Chairperson (11)
AIDS Awareness Club Co-President (11)
DECA (9,10,11)
JV Tennis (11)
World Awareness Club (10,11)
Adopt-a-Grandparent (9,10,11)
Habitat for Humanity (11)
4. What do you have to offer?
To the Cherry Hill East student body, I offer dedication and energy – encouraging each student to have an infinite amount of school spirit and urging each student to get involved.
5. Why are you the most qualified person for this position?
I believe that I am the most qualified person because not only do I have the leadership experience, but I also know what the students want, so I am willing to work hard to fulfill their needs.
6. How can you relate to the students and represent the student body?
I can represent the student body because I have been involved in numerous activities within my past few years at East, allowing me to befriend an assortment of students, each with different opinions on different matters. These students are hungry for a change and I am willing to provide them with just that.

Speech

Good afternoon fellow East students! My name is Molly Ruttenberg and I am a candidate for Vice President of the Student Government. This past year, Student Government did a great job by encouraging students to be more involved. However, I think that SGA needs some rejuvenation, and who better to do it than a student who has been involved for the past three years here at East.
My experience at East so far has been memorable, enlightening, and has taught me the responsibilities of leadership. I am currently involved in numerous extracurricular activities in which I dedicate my time and effort to completely.
Most importantly, I love going to east events. Therefore I would be a great influence on involving students in the widespread events. This may seem like a lot to do, but with my hard work and devotion, I assure you that I will stay focused and stick to my goals.
You can always feel free to offer suggestions because I am very approachable, and will never deny advice given, only listen and acquire insight from my fellow peers. I am here not only to reinforce the current officers goals, but also to revive the school spirit. If you choose me to be your next Vice President, I assure you that I will be trustworthy, enthusiastic, and devoted to providing the change we need here at East! Thank you. And remember to make someone jolly and vote for Molly!

Rishi Sarkar (’10)

Background

1. What position are you applying for and why?
I am applying for the position of Vice President of the School. I would like to be a part of the School SGA to help plan and prepare for school wide events, work closely with administration, help unify the school as well as spread school spirit.
2. What previous experience do you have in student government?
I was and currently still am the Vice President for the class of 2010.
3. List the most important activities (clubs, sports, honors/achievements received) that you have been involved in.
East Boy’s Soccer (9, 10, 11)
East Boy’s Volleyball (9, 10), JV Captain
NJSL Chemistry 1H League (10) #1 team in New Jersey
Model UN (10)
East Singers (11)
Drummer in school ensemble’s (9, 10)
SGA Class of 2010 Vice President (10,11)
4. What do you have to offer?
I offer a person who is full of determination to do what is needed/necessary. I am also able to communicate with a myriad of people because I am a great public speaker. I can voice a variety of opinions as I connect with many students from the school environment. I have leadership skills to take control of situations. Also, I am a very responsible person.
5. Why are you the most qualified person for this position?
I am the most qualified person for this position of School Vice President because I have the experience necessary to be a successful leader. I can serve as a good role model to others, and I have a complete understanding of what the position represents inside and outside the school setting. I also have the ability to do what is necessary and proper to get the desired result. In everything I do, I always give my best effort in order to make things the best they could possibly be.
6. How can you relate to the students and represent the student body?
Being a friendly person, I am able to talk and connect with much of the student body of the school. This allows me to gain some perspective on what others think about the school. Due to this, I represent a variety of voices that can be found throughout the school. As a class officer, I understand the importance of listening to my peers to find out what they want. This called for me to connect with and relate to a vast amount of students in my class, and I do not see why I cannot do the same with the entire school.

Speech

Hello my fellow students, it is that time of year again for all of you to go out and vote for your Student Government President and Vice Presidents. I, Rishi Sarkar am running for the position of Vice President of Student Government. First off, let me start by explaining what the Vice Presidents of Student Government are responsible for. The Vice Presidents are responsible for planning events that involve the entire school, such as Homecoming, Wing Bowl, Battle of the Bands, Spirit Week, and so on. Planning events will come easy to me, as I have helped plan numerous events for the class of 2010 because I am Vice President for my class. After school wide events, the Vice Presidents work very closely with the administration of Cherry Hill East. I feel that I can represent a variety of opinions, and relay the ideas to the administration so that they receive a wider scope of the East student body. The Vice President should be someone that the students of East feel no hesitation about approaching them with ideas or concerns. I believe that I am a friendly person and many people find me easy to approach, and I enjoy listening to other people’s ideas. Ok, so that’s what the Vice Presidents are responsible for in a nutshell. Now that you kind of know what the Vice President does, let us talk about why you should vote for me. Well, it should be pretty easy, because I have 2 years of experience being a vice president for the class of 2010. Now here is the thing, as class vice president, I was only able to give my expertise and abilities as a vice president to my class, as much as I enjoy that, I want to share my expertise and abilities as a vice president with the other classes along with the class of 2010. Becoming vice president of student government provides me with the opportunity to do so. That was the why part, now I will tell you what I have to offer offer. I can offer someone who is a determined diligent, intelligent student and an active participator here in the East community. I have a sufficient amount of general knowledge about East due to the extent of my activities stretching from Student Government to athletics to the music department. When there is something to be done, I make sure that it is done to the best of my ability, and since I follow the motto of “Go Big or Go Home,” you can always count on me to produce something of high-quality. Ok, picture this, Student Government Vice President Rishi Sarkar, sounds nice doesn’t it? I mean, I like the sound of it, and I think you will to. But to see what it is like, I need you, the students of East to go out and vote in this election and make Rishi Sarkar one of your selections for Vice President of Student Government.
Thank you and have a nice day!

Max Silverberg (’11)

Background
1. What position are you applying for and why?
I am applying for the position of Vice-President for the school Student Government Association. I applying for this position because I believe it will help me voice my classmates and my own opinion. This will also help me enhance our school. I will help our school by enhancing school spirit and use ideas from everyone in the school to create fun and exciting events.
2. What previous experience do you have in student government?
In my past I have served as the freshman and sophomore class Vice-President and have participated in SGA in middle school. In middle school I was a Senator all three years. A Senator was an elected position.
3. List the most important activities that you have been involved in. Include years participated and any positions held.
Over the past years I have been involved in Deca where I place first for my role play and second overall in my category (’08, 09′), Model United Nations (’09), Number One on the Junior Varsity tennis team (’08), and have been dedicated to various foundations. My largest foundation that I help is the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. For this foundation I helped run the walk team through our school. I received multiple awards such as the golden sneaker award and the gold award.
4. What do you have to offer?
I will offer my perseverance, leadership, and dedication. I will persevere through any hard goals that will need hours of work to make them perfect. I will provide leadership to manage people and organize events. I will also show my dedication towards my president and my school. I will follow my President’s orders and strive to help my school reach its apex.
5. Why are you the most qualified for this position?
I am the most qualified for this position because of my past experiences and my characteristics. I have been put in tough situations where I had to make a decision that would affect my whole class. I also have the characteristics that a vice-president should have. I will not take away power from anyone else, but instead I will help everyone excel.
6. How can you relate to the students and represent the student body?
I can relate to the students of our school because I am one of the students. I will accept ideas from all the classes. I will not only listen to myself, but instead I will accept others thoughts.

Speech

I am Max Silverberg and running for vice-president. For the past two years, I have been the vice-president of the class of 2011. By attending many meetings throughout the past two years, I know what it is like to be a part of student government and represent my peers and classmates. During my prior terms, I have accomplished many goals. Being a part of Student Government has given me many opportunities to be the best I can be and gain experience as a leader. I have successfully ran, in school and out of school functions I helped run the freshman dance and class activities. I have also helped raise over $40,000 for Juvenile diabetes Research foundation.
There is a great quote from Russel H. Ewing, “A boss creates fear, a leader confidence. A boss fixes blame, a leader corrects mistakes. A boss knows all, a leader asks questions. A boss makes work drudgery, a leader makes it interesting. A boss is interested in himself or herself, a leader is interested in the group.” I will be that leader. I will not strive to give myself credit, but raise pride in our school. I will try to augment our school spirit and participation in events.
As vice-president I will speak out on what is right, I will listen to each classmate’s ideas. I hope you help me and vote Max Silverberg for the vice-president of the student government association.
Thank you

Manmeet Singh (’10)

Background

1. What position are you applying for and why?
I am applying for the position of Vice-President because I would like to increase my role in Student Government by taking on a position with more responsibilities. As Vice-President, I will be able to have a more direct impact on the rest of my peers. For example, I will have the privilege of setting an example for my fellow students to not only attend the myriad of school events and activities, but also wholeheartedly participate in such activities.
2. What previous experience do you have in student government?
SGA Representative (Freshman, Sophomore and Junior)
3. List the most important activities (clubs, sports, honors/achievements received) that you have been involved in.
SGA- Three years
East Tennis- Two years
DECA- Two years
4. What do you have to offer?
First of all, I have gained valuable experience as a member of SGA for the last three years, which I can use to make wiser decisions regarding upcoming events. Secondly, through DECA, I have become a quicker decision maker and I have enhanced my ability to innovate, two aspect vital in any position of authority. In addition, I am a responsible student willing to put forth the time and effort necessary to fulfill my post, as I have developed a good sense of time management by taking rigorous courses for the past few years.
5. Why are you the most qualified person for this position?
Rather than quantify this question into number of awards or number of AP classes, I would like to reason that I am the most qualified person for Vice-President of the school because I am a very diligent worker who will not quit at a sign of doubt, instead I will do my absolute best to accomplish whatever the task is at hand. My work ethic and focus allows me to perform tasks in a very distinct manner
6. How can you relate to the students and represent the student body?
My diverse background enables me to better understand others, therefore allowing me to communicate with students of all ethnicities. In addition, I have adequate skills and confidence that can allow me to discuss school issues and events with my peers to obtain essential feedback.

Speech

Hi, my name is Manmeet Singh and I am running for Vice President of our school. Before I give you the different reasons to vote for me, I would like to reiterate what a wise man by the name of Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm”. I think that we students at East have shown that when committed, when spirited, we can achieve greatness – whether it is commitment to a sports team, a theatre performance, or a school-sponsored event. Recently, the East Boy’s Basketball team has been enjoying great success and, as a result, attendance at their games has been outstanding. The crowd has done a great job in motivating the athletes to play at the top of their game, and if elected Vice President, I will heavily promote East events so that our support can have a similar affect. I have been a part of Student Government for 3 years, and have participated in many East events over that time period. I’ve seen the differences between a very successful event and a mediocre one, and I can use my past experiences to help make decisions that will improve any upcoming events. In addition, I am very open-minded and will always consider all ideas and suggestions from my classmates so that our entire student body can be accounted for. I also bring diversity to this position, a unique perspective; to help accurately embody Cherry Hill East’s demographic. If I’m elected VP, you can be assured that I will do all in my power to improve our school spirit and make this school a better place. Vote Manmeet Singh for School Vice President, thank you.

Greg Sperling (’10)

Background

1) What position are you applying for and why?
I am applying for Vice President of the school because I want to be deeply involved in event planning, because I feel I can help certain aspects of preparation, set up and experience. I also want to be able to show underclassmen the ropes of SGA and lead in a positive way.
2) What previous experience do you have in student government?
I have been an SGA representative for the past two years.
3) List the most important activities that you have been involved in. Include the years participated and positions held.
SGA (’07-’09), Habitat for Humanity (’08-’09), Tennis (’07-’09), DECA/DECA States (’08-’09)
4) What do you have to offer?
I can provide my time and full effort to improve the school as a whole. In my past years of involvement within the SGA organization, I have learned how to take command in a leadership position. As well as to creatively get members of the student body involved in school events.
5) Why are you the most qualified person for this position?
I am the most qualified person because I understand the hardwork that needs to be put into this position and I also have the leadership quality to help lead the student body in a positive way.
6) How can you relate to the students and represent the student body?
I can relate to the student body because I interact with a lot of different types of students throughout the day and I can see what the want out of SGA. I can represent them because I am not shy about talking to other students, even if they’re not my friend, and asking what they think could be done to help improve a certain activity or event.

Speech

Hi, my name is Greg Sperling and I am running for the office of vice president of the school in the upcoming SGA election. I have been actively a part of SGA for the past two years, and as a result, I have learned how to take command in a leadership position.
My goal if elected is to integrate our school as a whole and come together through school activities and events. In order to do this, I am committed to help set up, plan and run school sponsored events thoroughly.
Through devotion and hard work, I plan to make school activities and events, you – the students and school pride my top priorities.

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