UNION, NJ – Teachers, parents, and family members were on hand Friday to hear campaign speeches from each of the Connecticut Farms School students running for a Student Council position.

“Our Student Council participates in many activities and fundraisers throughout the school year,” said Jennifer Parkhurst, School Counselor and Student Council Advisor.  Parkhurst said past councils have facilitated community service projects to benefit the Union Animal Shelter, the Police Department’s Santa in Blue toy drive program, Jump Rope for Heart and the American Heart Association, and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.  “Our fourth-grade student council members serve as role models for fellow students in our school, and membership is viewed as a privilege and a great responsibility,” added Parkhurst.  “It is our hope that our student council program inspires students to seek leadership opportunities after they leave Connecticut Farms School.

On the ballet this year and presenting campaign speeches were:

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President:  Jakai King, Micaela Titus, Grace Adeosun, Ved Shah, Amarachi Ibeabuchi, Adalye Cacho, Tahirah Greenwood, Antonio Pereira, Sofia Tammaro, Nakia Joseph, Genesis Madrid, Essence White.

Vice President:  Ethan Malcolm, Elias Osei-Fosu, Ariana Rojas, Fernanda Inahuazo, Veronica Martinez, Hailey Rodriguez, Arianna Quesada, Kaithlyn Lozano, Doel Santana, Derek Lozano

Secretary:  Kassandra Lim, Isabella Colon, Emily Mendez, Luz Marie Rodriguez

Treasurer:  Tristan Ynchaustegui, Emma Smith, Angelo Crescenzi, Lina Guerrero, Sarah Nunez, Emma Gonvalves

After the speeches, fourth-grade students returned to their classrooms and voted for their favorite candidate via a Google doc.  The results are:

President: Ved Shah

Vice President: Elias Osei-Fosu

Secretary: Kassandra Lim

Treasurer: Tristan Ynchaustegui

Representatives (runners-up in each category) are:

Antonio Pereira, Sofia Tammaro, Emily Mendez, Angelo Crescenzi, and Veronica Martinez.

Students interested in running for student council are given several assignments, said teacher and Student Council advisor Olga Korzen.  "Students have been spending a lot of time practicing their speeches.  We are very proud of all the students who are running, as we recognize that it takes a lot of courage to get up on stage and present their speech to all of you."