It is said that “The universe doesn’t give you what you ask for with your thoughts; it gives you what you demand with your actions.” The three girls on this year’s student council greatly exemplify that concept, for they know it is their duty to represent the student body of Kennedy Catholic and to bring about change for the better by acting upon their words. I had the pleasure of meeting with Meaghan Dooley, Rebecca O’Callaghan, and Caitlyn Pesavento to have them discuss a little more about themselves as well as their goals as student council members of the 2016 Jubilee Year’s graduating class. In my conversation with the representatives, they shared with me their inspirations for running for the position, some of the events they are looking forward to for the year, and the progress they have made regarding implementing new policies.
First, I spoke with Meghan Dooley, head of the Think Pink breast cancer awareness club and a member of both the soccer and lacrosse teams. Meghan told me, “I decided to run for student council because I believed that I could make a difference in the school and I wanted to be the voice of my peers.” It is her hope to continue running previous student council initiatives, including the United for the Troops food drive. With her Think Pink club, she expressed the desire to carry on the successful bake sales whose funding will be used to organize baskets for breast cancer patients. Meghan concluded by saying, “The memories that I’ve made at Kennedy are ones that will stay with me forever and I am so grateful for that.”
Similar to Meghan, Rebecca O’Callaghan expressed that she ran for student government because, “I wanted to provide the students with a voice.” Deeply passionate about school, Rebecca wants to make everyone’s ideas into realities so that students maintain happiness in the KCHS environment. A few things about Rebecca include that she is captain of the soccer team as well as captain of both the winter and spring track teams. Outside of her participation in varsity sports, Rebecca is also the founder of the World Wildlife Fund Club, editor of the Gael Winds newspaper, and a Mustard Seed Migrant Ministry club President. It is through Rebecca’s involvement in many school activities that she is able to interact with the diverse populations at Kennedy and get an idea of everyone’s hopes for the school. Rebecca enthusiastically remarked, “This is sure to be a united, successful year full of Jubilee events.”
Caitlyn Pesavento enlightened me with her reason for running for student council, stating, ” I decided to run for student council because I wanted to make a difference in the school. I admired the accomplishments of past councils and I wanted to follow in their footsteps.” While maintaining her position as the captain of the varsity softball and field hockey teams at Kennedy, Caitlyn anticipates collecting items for the United for the Troops food drive, organizing homecoming, and helping out at the blood drive. Caitlyn shared her thoughts about how student council has assisted her in growing as an individual. Being her spirited self, Caitlyn said, “Being on student council has taught me what it takes to be a good leader. I’ve learned how to compromise and work with my peers in order to get things accomplished.”
Hearing the thoughts of the girl student council members proves reassuring and inspirational to the student body. It is evident that we have strong, dedicated, and hardworking women putting their best effort forward to make Kennedy Catholic the best environment possible.