Senior Class Presidential candidate: Jad El Khoury

Name: Jad El Khoury
Party: Surprise Party
Hometown: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
High school: Niskayuna High School
Major: Business Administration
Age: 18
Clubs/Organizations: Student Senate and Foreign Language & Culture Club.

What made you want to run for this position?

I honestly was approached by Emma Dillon and asked if I was interested in being part of her party. I had been looking for new ways to put myself out there and get involved. I figured that it would be a great idea to run for Senior Class president because it would allow me to represent my class and reach out and actually help my fellow classmates reach new heights.

What are your qualifications to run?

I have been in positions of leadership inside and outside of school. I am a crew trainer at work. This position allows me to train those who I work with and learn along the way with them. In addition, I was VP of language clubs at Niskayuna. This helped learn how to enhance my communication skills and work effectively with other people. I’m also a very patient and dedicated person. I can balance school and work along with extracurricular activities.

Overall, what is your greatest asset?

I am a very patient and accepting person. I will go to a certain extent to get to know those that I work with. I have the ability to essentially see the value in everyone and respect people as they are. Since I am an accepting person, I am very interested in seeing the perspective that others have in order to have some type of balance and order. Moreover, I am the type of person that goes after something if I seriously want it. I am very persistent.

Name five initiatives you’d like to focus on with your position?

Team up with other clubs to help host events to raise awareness.
Enhance student services.
Welcome package for new students.
Improve student unity and spirit.
Fundraising.

What has been some of your greatest experiences during the race so far?

I believe that meeting new people is something which is incredibly important due to the fact that it will help you broaden your knowledge. I feel privileged to work with such a diligent group of fellow classmates. It’s refreshing to meet people who share the same goals as you with regards to wanting to make the school a better environment for us all. One of the greatest experiences would be when we meet and actually take this election seriously. We all bring positive qualities which shows that we all have a lot to offer. We all want to work hard and make this campaign as successful as possible.

What is the biggest problem with student life at Hudson Valley?

I believe that students need to participate more in the activities on campus in order to truly enjoy what’s offered at Hudson Valley. I often see that many students do not take advantage of what’s offered to them in order to grow and meet new people. That’s an important aspect of becoming a better person.

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