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ASB Officers from left to right: Lily Montoya, junior; Josh Blackard, junior; Brian Macedo, sophomore; Doaa Elafify, junior.

ASB Officers from left to right: Lily Montoya, junior; Josh Blackard, junior; Brian Macedo, sophomore; Doaa Elafify, junior.

Vanessa Morales

Vanessa Morales

ASB Officers from left to right: Lily Montoya, junior; Josh Blackard, junior; Brian Macedo, sophomore; Doaa Elafify, junior.

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As the 2016-2017 school year comes to a close, it is time to start looking at the next school year which means choosing students that will shape the CO community. The ASB officers were announced at the end of April after school elections were held. These students were the four left standing after running well executed campaigns with banners, posters and even personalized Bolt Bucks.

Josh Blackard, junior, will be next year’s ASB President. Brian Macedo, sophomore, is the ASB Vice-President; Lily Montoya, junior, is secretary; and Doaa Elafify, junior, is treasurer.

Josh is well known for his involvements in water polo and swim. He also spends time in graphic arts, photo and video making, and outside of school, he also active in his church. For Josh, being an ASB officer means, “I can lead others and make decisions for the school as a whole.” It is no doubt that a leader of the school should be focused on the school as a whole and what can benefit the majority. Josh said, “It gives me a better look on the school. It makes me care more about [the school] as it gives me responsibility. I feel closer to the school.” He hopes to “include more creative and unique experiences that bring fun and awe to the students in hopes that they can have better memories of high school.”

Josh agrees that high school should have an impactful on each student and prepare each for the future. Josh has already dedicate much time to improving the school and those inside it. So far, his favorite high school highlights are being on the swim team, being apart of ASB and having numerous opportunities academically and socially. He is a well-rounded student as he is also an IB and AP student. Josh said, “I have OCD, and I am a perfectionist,” he said when asked if there was anything else he wanted us to know about him.

The youngest ASB Officer on next year’s board is Brian Macedo, who is currently a sophomore. “I am planning to have a day to appreciate students,” Brian said when he was asked for his vision for COHS. Being elected as vice-president means that his perspective on school events, like rallies, have changed because now sees how hard it is to “make things possible and flow.” Brian appreciates the swim team and the ASB students as they are (so far) the highlights of his high school experience.

Lily Montoya said, “Being an ASB Officer means that I am in charge of organizing ASB as a whole and promoting school spirit and activities.” She hopes to encourage underclassmen to also be involved in school. Lily said her vision for COHS ASB is “to bring more organization to ASB, and I want to encourage student participation in games during rallies and theme days.”

Lily is involved in many activities in and out of school. She is in the IB and AP programs, she was nominated to be in CSF, the California Scholarship Federation and the National Leadership Foundation, and she is also in the Project Lead the Way. “A highlight for me at COHS is all of my volleyball memories; being able to be active and have fun making memories with my team.” Lily’s involvement in school creates a clear pathway for where COHS should head in the near future, and we hope the best for next years ASB secretary.

As for Doaa Elafify, being an ASB Officer “means responsibility and trust. You have to trust in how things work out for the school. It means a lot to me.” Doaa said that this new sense of responsibility also shows that she feels the need to take the school, the events and activities seriously. As for next year, she said, “I want COHS to become a safe space for the students to be themselves.” In all the madness of the world, high school should not have to feel like a threat; safety, security, and comfort is how Doaa wants to create a more welcoming environment for future Chargers. “I believe ASB has the ability to make the school’s environment more comfortable,” she said.

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