BGA AND LOCAL POLITICIANS COME TOGETHER TO RALLY VOTERS
October 16th, 2012—Comparable to the current presidential race, BGA student government elections were replete with excitement and anticipation – heightened only by the presence of two South Boston political figures, Boston City Councillor Bill Linehan and State Representative Nick Collins.
Speaking to a packed auditorium during BGA’s weekly Gathering, nine student candidates vying for their grade-level representative positions gave speeches about school improvement: more field trips! more enrichment classes! better lunches! (a universal platform). The atmosphere was electrified with applause, which only continued as City Councillor Linehan and Representative Collins took the stage.
Our honorary guests each opened with a personal anecdote about growing up in South Boston and how they became involved in politics. City Councillor Linehan shared his stories of graduating from South Boston High School in 1969 – in the same building as BGA – and how one foiled run for school treasurer served as a starting block for a long and successful political career. Representative Collins shared his memories of being a South Boston paperboy and how the tragedy of 9/11 solidified his passion for public service. Though their stories varied, their moral was one-in-the-same: success does not happen by chance – it comes as a result of hard work.
The floor was then opened-up to questions from students. City Councillor Linehan and Representative Collins provided candid and heartfelt responses, but one takeaway was emphasized repeatedly: every vote counts. With that message in mind, ballots were caste.
We are proud to announce the 2012-2013 student government officials:
Senior Class Representative: Lucero P.
Junior Class Representative: Nadja G.
Sophomore Class Representative: Deric M.
Freshman Class Representative: Bilal L.
Please join us in congratulating our new leaders – and as November 6th approaches, remember the day’s great takeaway: your vote counts.