By Sophie Foster
On Tuesday, April 19, rising seniors, juniors, and sophomores elected their class officers for the 2022-23 academic year.
According to an email sent by the Student Government Association that same day, the class of 2023 will be represented by President Noah Vargas, Vice President Julianna Sterling, Secretary Mariama Keita, and Treasurer Shannon Salandy.
The class of 2024 will be represented by President Jordan Fairchild, Vice President Rodger Ecker, Secretary Emily Arnold, and Treasurer Silvana Tipson.
Lastly, the class of 2025 will be represented by President Noah Gentry, Vice President Justus Williams, Secretary Amanda Horton, and Treasurer Emma Parker-Watt.
These officers already began efforts to make the upcoming year memorable for their peers.
“It’s been a crazy ride and experience for the class of 2023, and coming into this final year, we all have a lot on our plate,” Vargas said of his hopes for making his class’s final year special. “The stress can be a lot, and that’s why we want to alleviate that stress through some spectacular events.”
Salandy agreed with Vargas, saying, “this can be a very stressful time for many of us, and I hope that I am able to get a lot of events off the ground to give us a breather from time to time.”
Additionally, Salandy wants to “create an environment where [her] peers can feel comfortable in the fall and next spring writing their theses.”
According to Vargas, there are many ideas already in the works for the class of 2023, such as an ice cream social and a karaoke night.
The class of 2024 also has “exciting and rewarding events” on the horizon, according to Arnold.
“Our class got off to a rough start with COVID-19 during our freshman year, which…is a critical time in everyone’s college lives,” Arnold said. “By attempting to bring people together, hopefully they will step out of their comfort circle and develop more connections with the other students of our class to better develop a sense of home.”
Going into her third year as secretary of her class, Arnold identifies helping peers connect with one another and fostering an environment of inclusivity as her two primary goals in this position.
Similar goals are shared by Ecker, who points to establishing unity among the class of 2024 and the community as a whole, the creation and promotion of memorable activities, and advocacy for his peers as facets of his new position as vice president that he finds most crucial.
As for the class of 2025, Parker-Watt says that the class board already met and developed events for the approaching fall semester, including one centered around fiscal responsibility, such as taxes and student loans. There will also be “class-oriented” events to look forward to.
“My intentions as treasurer are to make sure the money we are spending is going to be used wisely. I want to make sure that we are planning and advertising for events that students want to come to,” Parker-Watt said, adding that “planning a budget is all about organization and knowing what the students want as a class.”
While these officers get acclimated to their new positions throughout the final weeks of this semester, students can remain up to date on the latest news from the SGA by following them on Instagram and Twitter, @wac_sga.
Photos by Jon Kelly
Photo Caption: In preparation for the 2022-23 academic year, members of the newly elected class officers of 2023, 2024, and 2025 — including Class of 2025 President freshman Noah Gentry (top) and Class of 2024 Vice President Rodger Ecker (bottom) — plan to make next year unforgettable for their peers.