Prefects share thoughtsSep 15th, 2012 | By lih | Category: South Kent Community, Student News
The following articles and videos are on the prefects, elected to serve the SKS Community during the 2012-13 year. A sixth prefect was announced Sept. 24. See related article.
Video by Haofeng Li
Text by Anil Ozer
A committed boy to South Kent and its Varsity Soccer team has been elected as the Head Prefect to lead and be a strong connection between faculty and students during the 2012-13 year.
Shakhai Trott, who is 17 years old and from Pembroke, Bermuda, will be the Head Prefect serving as the liaison between the students and Head of School Mr. Andrew Vadnais.
South Kent School annually selects the leader of the community by finding out who would be the best fit for the specific position. The elections are held at the end of the school year, usually in May, and both students and faculty vote on who should be the prefects. Shakhai will serve with the other prefects who will work together with the faculty and Mr. Vadnais to keep the school on the right track.
Text by Keegan McCarthy
Anthony Florentino, a West Roxbury, MA, native was “tapped” as the assistant head prefect in the tapping ceremony May 9 at South Kent School.
Anthony didn’t know what to think when Jim O’Connor, this year’s assistant head prefect, tapped him.
“At first I really wasn’t sure,” Anthony said. “We had a meeting with the past prefects, and as my job that I received, from Jim O’Connor, is the assistant head prefect.”
Video by Jacky Han
Text by Oscar Chang
The first Taiwanese prefect was chosen at South Kent School. Chi Chen Hsieh, a fifth former from Taipei, Taiwan, was elected as next year’s International Prefect this year.
“I was so shocked that I am selected as a prefect,” said Chi Chen. He admitted he was surprised that he won the election because he had so many great competitors. At first, he thought YunHao Qiao will be prefect due to YunHao’s academic success.
“I do not have high GPA, but I can be a prefect,” said Chi-Chen. In most Asian countries, a good student means a person with good grades. If Chi-Chen was now in Taiwan, he will never have a chance to become a school leader.
“I want to be a bridge between students and faculty,” said Chi- Chen. He wants to help bring students’ opinions directly to the head of school. He believes that he can solve conflicts between students from different nations and help international students with language problems.
It is Chi Chen’s first time to occupy such an important position in school. He hopes that he can help as many people as possible and succeed as the international prefect.
Jonghyuk “David” Lee
Video by Zach Carrano
Video by Kevin Golden
Text by Jalen Harvey
With South Kent School’s 2012 prefect election completed, there are new leaders to end the school year. To be worthy of being a senior prefect, it takes certain characteristics.
“To be a prefect it takes a great deal of courage and leadership to not be afraid to make the right decision. A prefect is someone that is there for people to look up to or to go to for help,” said Sacristan Cameron McFarlane, who will the prefect in charge of the Chapel.
Cameron has taken Yun Suk Park’s responsibility. Cameron must be one of the first people to Chapel. Like every other prefect, he must be awake every morning on time and resist the temptation to sleep in. The temptation to skip Chapel must also be resisted for the next year.
“It is hard to wake up early every morning and be at assembly and chapel before every other student, but I am at chapel and assembly every morning so it won’t be too much of a change for me,” Cameron said.
(Apologies to the prefects who don’t have both a video and text story featured. Not everyone in Digital Communications completed their part of the team project.)