Students vote in first Student Leadership Council elections

On May 16 and 17, students and faculty cast their votes at King’s first Student Leadership Council (SLC) elections. Some 65 students threw their hats into the ring, vying for the six senior, four junior, two sophomore and two freshmen seats available on the council. Once the six senior council members are identified, juniors and faculty will select two co-presidents from among them. Aiming for the elections to have an issue-based agenda, SLC candidates were required to submit “candidate letters” identifying complex issues that they think the school community should resolve, and their proposals on how to find resolutions to those issues. Some of the issues identified by the candidates include: improving communication between students and faculty, bridging social divides among students, finding ways to manage stress and cope with the high workload, counteracting peer pressure and bullying, and redesigning the curriculum to encourage students to follow their passions. To ensure gender parity, voters then selected both male and female candidates to represent each class. The entire school community embraced the fair and transparent election process, and have high hopes for the impact it will have starting in the next academic year.