This post provided by Cambridge Network member John Carroll School in Bel Air, Maryland.
For the first time in school history, an international student was elected by the majority of her classmates to serve as Class President. Cambridge Network international student Christina Zhang earned this honor and will be Junior Class President at John Carroll School for the 2017-18 academic year.
Christina is quite impressive. She wrote her own speech and delivered it in front of her entire class of over 100 students. She advocated for unity among the class members regardless of nationality, race, or gender, and promised just treatment and a voice for each one. She encouraged her fellow classmates to each contribute their passions and talents to make their junior year experience outstanding for all.
Christina has been interested in coming to America since she was little. She chose John Carroll School particularly for its notable opportunities to develop her artistic skills as well as its terrific location near Washington, New York, and Philadelphia. At John Carroll School, she has found wonderful teachers who help students develop in all areas academically, artistically, athletically, socially, and in service to others. Christina is also a champion for the school’s many and diverse clubs, organizations, sports, and opportunities in the arts.
In Christina’s own words: “The first time I stepped in John Carroll School, I felt like I was home. I came here an international student, and now, I have become a Patriot!”
Christina’s journey is a shining example of what a successful international educational experience can be.
Transcript of Christina’s campaign speech:
“Good morning, Patriots!
My name is Christina Zhang and I’ll be running for class president. My purpose for becoming class president is to help our class to a more exciting and unforgettable year.
The first time I stepped in John Carroll, I felt like I was home. I came here as an international student, and now, I have become a patriot. I am so proud of John Carroll and our class. We contribute the best of us. We build a better community together. Although I have just been here for one year, I see John Carroll as home. All of my friends and teachers take good care of me. When I come into difficulties, they do their best to help me without asking for anything. Now it is my time to serve others, to thank everyone who has helped me before, to thank John Carroll.
Vote for me and I will push for an event that will benefit us. I will help all of you get what you desire the most. Choose me as your leader, and I will promise to lead us to success. I promise every one of you can have a chance to do what you like. I want to create a community with variety of choices. I wish everyone can offer something to our community. No matter if you are a athlete or an artist, a writer or a speaker, a musician or a performer, I guarantee you that there will be more opportunities waiting for you in the future.
As President, I don’t want to ignore the wishes of my graduating class. I want this year to be a year
to remember so when we look back we won’t think about that pressure to pass SATs and how boring junior year was, but that we had an exciting year. I want to get everyone involved into all our programs that I want to happen so after we graduate, we will say “Hey, remember junior year…that was the best.” I want to make Junior Ring Dance more memorable. I want to get to know more students and I want to work for what will make you happy. I promise to serve everyone equally. I will let all of us become a unity. There will be no nationality differences between us, no matter if you are American, Chinese, Korean, Nigerian, or Vietnamese. No matter if you are a boy or a girl, you are considered important to me.
If elected, I will continue to fight for justice and equality for us. I care about your interests and your voice. I care about making sure campus opportunities are as equally distributed as possible for each and every one of you.
Please vote for me. I will not let you down. Just come to me and speak to me, and I will make things happen! John Carroll’s future is in our hands, Go Patriots! Thank you!”