After a close race between five candidates, Alex Freud ‘16 won the race for Class of 2016 Student Council President. Utilizing a combination of ideas and humor in his speech in his speech, Freud edged out new Vice President Ted Holleran. We sat down with Freud to get to know our new president a little better.
Why did you decide to run for office?
It’s been one of the things I’ve wanted to do since 6th grade and then the deadline to run approached. I decided it was something that I wanted to do and I thought it would be a lot of fun and now …. here I am.
Who are some of your role models, and why?
Ryan Doane told everyone how fun it was, and that it was definitely worth it if you took it seriously and tried to help the school community as much as possible. My role models on campus are Father Flynn and Mr. Algeo because they helped me through the entire process. And after I won, they were extremely nice and helpful.
What have you seen as some of the major accomplishments of Student Council during your time at Malvern?
The first year I was here, the president, Adams Daramy ‘13, made the cafeteria more diverse in food selection and that was one of his big things in office. Then, this year, Doane did a lot with the D schedules and putting in the games and scheduling tournaments. Winterfest was also awesome. The school spirit also increased with his time in office… the blue and gray games were awesome this year.
What is your view of leadership?
There definitely are limits because obviously a student can’t run the entire school. But I am going to try and do a lot more with the D schedules to increase school spirit even further. We are just going to reach out to everyone and see what they actually want and hopefully make it happen. The advisors, Dr. D’Lugos and Ms. Lohse, want us to run everything by ourselves, from a student perspective. We’re definitely going to do all that we can.
Anything specific about what we will be doing with the D schedules?
Next year we might see Malvern’s first ever Quidditch game. I think it would also be cool if we did a mini THON like they do at Penn State, a lot of high schools are doing that now.
What opportunities are you looking forward to, in office?
I’m looking forward to reaching out to all the students, getting to know everyone, having fun, and making sure Malvern is ideal for every single person. Everyone will have the chance to do what they want to do.
You named three things that described yourself in your speech. How do you hope, at the end of your term, students at Malvern will describe you?
I hope to be described as someone who reached out to them individually. That’s one of the things I want to do – get to know a lot about the student body and see what they want. I’ll be seen as a reliable and trustworthy person.