2020-2021 Student Leadership

Stacy Glaus

An important voice in the leadership of the school is that of students. Next year's student leadership councils were recently voted on by the Upper School community. As we say farewell to the 2019-2020 academic year and look ahead to 2020, we also welcome in the members of the student body (listed below) into leadership positions.

Will Murphy '21 — Student Body President

Why are you passionate about this leadership opportunity at Breck right now?
Amongst Covid-19 and the many social justice issues, I think it is really important that we come together as a community with a positive leader, which I strive to be.

How can students make an impact in the year ahead?
I think the most important thing is to be engaged in whatever they are interested in. Right now, a great thing to be engaged with is social justice, but as our next school year comes along, putting effort into something, whether it be History or Bato Bato, will make for a full year for everyone.
 

Britt Helgaas '21 — Executive Board, Student Body Leadership

Why are you passionate about this leadership opportunity at Breck right now?
I recently went to a student organized sit-in at the Capitol for George Floyd and a sophomore in high school led the entire three-hour long event. Not only was she brave for speaking vulnerably in front of thousands of people but she was also inspiring, articulate, and confident. This sit-in reminded me of one of the reasons why I’m so passionate about being in a position of leadership at Breck next year: I want to be able to serve as both a role model and reminder to the Upper School student body that our voices are incredibly important and that we have the power to accomplish great things. Because of our age, I think we forget how big of an impact we are capable of making! I’m excited to draw our students towards a path of leadership next year because I know that our teamwork will be a force to be reckoned with. 

How can students make an impact in the year ahead?
I think it’s really easy to get stuck in the “Breck bubble.” You have schoolwork and clubs and extracurriculars occupying a lot of your time! But I think the first step to making an impact is stepping out of that bubble and staying informed about the world around you. With that awareness of your surrounding community, find something that you feel passionate about! Find something that is important to you! And then harness that knowledge and passion to talk about it with your friends at lunch or start a club or write an op-ed for the Breck Bugle. 
 

John Cardwell — Executive Board, Student Body Leadership

Why are you passionate about this leadership opportunity at Breck right now?
Throughout my time at Breck, I have always done my best to be a leader in the community. Especially now, with so much going on around us, it's essential for student voices to be heard by the school, and that is the primary job of all the student leaders. The will to make change in the world is something that is fostered in each Breck student, and making sure that they are heard throughout the school is something that is particularly important to me. 

How can students make an impact in the year ahead?
This coming year is certain to bring its own challenges and difficulties, and it's our job, as student leaders, to make sure that the school hears the student perspective on how to navigate through it. However, all students at Breck have the opportunity to influence the year ahead. Each student, regardless if they hold a position or not, has a voice that deserves to be heard. If a student has an idea on how to better the school, they should share it. The school incorporated an enormous amount of student input into their response to challenges this year, and I'm sure that the same will be true in the future. 

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