As we bring this year to a close, we are well underway planning for next year. As part of this, we just had elections for school-wide student offices: president, secretary, social chair, and student judge. Congratulations to Emma, Kristin, Leah, and Katherine. I am confident you will help lead the school with energy, wisdom, and compassion.
And while I congratulate the winners, I really want to point out how impressed I am with all who ran for office. As Theodore Roosevelt famously said, “It is not the critic who counts … The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena … who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
More than 10% or our students ran for school-wide office! That’s a remarkable percentage. It takes a measure of courage to run for office – courage I didn’t have in my schooldays. But White Mountain is a place where it is safe to take these kinds of risks (safer than my high school was). It was also clear from the range of candidates that the White Mountain community values a range of leadership styles; our elections are not the stereotypical popularity contests.
Finally, I was impressed with the speeches by the candidates. The common theme was servant leadership – the students understand that leadership is not about the leader, rather it is about serving others. This makes me very proud to be serving this school.