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2024-2025 Head Prefects announced

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Juniors, sophomores and freshmen elected members of their class to serve on Prefect Council for the 2024-2025 school year. Assistant Arts and Entertainment Editor Sasha Aghnatios ’25 and Ellie Borris ’25 were elected by juniors and sophomores as Head Prefects.

Juniors elected Marlo Beckman ’25, Gideon Evans ’25, Rex Grube ’25 and Victor Suh ’25 as Senior Prefects. Sophomores elected Sarah Anschell ’26, Caroline Cosgrove ’26, Robby Louie ’26 and Dashiell Sparks ’26 as Junior Prefects. Freshmen elected Jasiri Johnson ’27, Chase Rudoy ’27, Simren Bindra ’27 and Charlotte Im ’27 as Sophomore Prefect Aghnatios said one of the primary goals for Prefect Council next year will be to continue creating a less stressful environment at school.”

“There’s just so much emphasis put on your grades and your extracurriculars, and a lot of people only do activities because they think that it will help them get into whatever college they want,” Aghnatios said. “Next year, I hope there’s at least a small chance we somewhat shift from the ‘College, college, college’ mindset. I know that Prefect Council isn’t really in charge of people’s personal lives, but I think if we have enough events where people are able to really connect with the people around them, they will be more willing to focus on the parts of their lives that make them happy in the long run.”

Aghnatios said she hopes her friendship with Borris will allow the two to mimic the successful dynamic of Head Prefects Bari LeBari ’24 and Print Managing Editor Davis Marks ’24.

“[Borris] and I have been best friends for a really long time,” Aghnatios said. “[Marks] and [LeBari] were so organized, knowledgeable and lovely human beings to be around. It’s going to be hard to fill the shoes they’ve left for [Ellie and me], but I would like us to have a presence in a room and be involved in all the nitty gritty details.”

Johnson said he hopes to focus on building the school community through specific policy changes.

“At the middle school, I worked with some of the eighth graders, and we made different [events] where we would bring puppies to the school to destress,” Johnson said. “I know that some of my fellow peers have been working on trying to get the testing calendar standardized as well. For the Upper School, I really want to work on helping introverted people talk to people. I feel like bringing more people together would unite us more as a community.”

Anschell said one of her goals is to help people recover after missing days of school.

“I think that it’s already stressful to miss school and there’s a lot of extra pressure to get things done when you come back,” Anschell said. “You shouldn’t be penalized for being so successful at something that requires you to miss a day of school here and there, especially if it’s a school-related activity. My goal is to work with the administration to create policies and clear expectations for kids coming back from a day off.”

Grube, who was elected as a Prefect for the first time, said he was excited to win the election.

“I really love the [school] community, and I have lots of friends here,” Grube said. “I know that our school is amazing, but there is always work to be done to help improve it. I feel that being a Senior Prefect will help me to carry out those goals and help change the school in ways that benefit everyone.”

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