How do you make senior year memorable for everyone? This daunting challenge has been placed in the hands of Senior Class President Sam Lingao (‘20). You’ve seen her smiling in the halls, and you’ve heard her voice boom over the intercom for morning announcements. But Sam’s leadership role involves much more than this. Sam has been […]
How do you make senior year memorable for everyone? This daunting challenge has been placed in the hands of Senior Class President Sam Lingao (‘20). You’ve seen her smiling in the halls, and you’ve heard her voice boom over the intercom for morning announcements. But Sam’s leadership role involves much more than this.
Sam has been on CB’s Student Council for two years now, but her interest in leadership began back in middle school. As an 8th grader at St. Francis Elementary, she was elected student council president by her peers. Being in such a position allowed her to gain experience among an opinionated council. The weekly meetings weren’t always easy to run, but they taught her how to prioritize and effectively communicate her classmates’ opinions.
“Being president at SFE taught me a lot about leadership,” the senior says. “It’s helped me learn how to work with people who have different mindsets than me.”
At St. Francis, Sam was able to discuss many ideas with her classmates, but since she was only an 8th grader, she didn’t have much influence on actual policies or decisions. Going into high school, Sam was desperate to find a way to bring her ideas to life.
“I knew that nothing would happen unless I joined council,” she admits. “I want to make school something that everyone looks forward to.”
After a bit of friendly encouragement from her peers, Sam decided to run for junior council. Her campaign was a smashing success. With her custom buttons, clever posters, and witty catchphrases, she had basically won a spot on the council before the elections had begun. While on junior council, Sam rediscovered her passion for leadership and hasn’t strayed from it since.
“I just love the environment,” Sam says. “I’ve been able to meet a lot of cool freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors along the ride.”
Now president of the Senior Class Council, Sam’s influence on Christian Brothers High School is greater than ever. Senior Council helps run all class festivities, including the graduation ceremony in May. The council also comes up with with dance themes, decorations, spirit days, fundraisers, and senior projects. They’re always busy to say the least. Sam is bombarded with a multitude of suggestions every day, but the most challenging part for her is filtering through these ideas and gauging what the majority of her classmates want.
“The biggest task is trying to make sure everyone enjoys what we’re putting out there.”
It is easy to criticize our leaders and those above us when we don’t see their behind the scenes work and dedication. Learning to collaborate effectively with a wide variety of personalities is a true challenge. ASB Vice President Haily Holston (‘20) has had four years of experience on student council and knows a good leader when she sees one.
“Sam is a natural born leader,” says Haily. “People don’t follow Sam just because she’s senior class president; people actually admire the person she is.”
Since Sam is often the communicator between Senior Class Council and ASB, she and Haily have grown close working with each other. Haily’s student council routine is strikingly similar to Sam’s, so the two understand how demanding these leadership roles tend to be.
From her 5 AM wake-up calls for council meetings to her endless after-school discussions with school administrators, Sam is always working hard to make senior year the best year for the Class of 2020. Finding a happy medium between this work and her schoolwork can be challenging, though.
“It’s hard balancing senior year as well as trying to talk to everybody and get their opinions heard.”
Sam has a plethora of goals for her term as Class President, but her main objective is making sure we don’t neglect our time as seniors.
“I don’t want us to be celebrating our last year the week going into graduation,” says the Senior Class President. “I want it to be a celebration every single week, every single day.”
So the next time you see Sam cruising the halls in her royal blue student council polo, give her a shout and thank her for the impact she is making on CB’s community.
As Haily puts it, “People can learn a lot from her. Everyone should be more like Sam.”