2019 ASB Election: Letters to Students

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The 2019 ASB Election Season is here! Read all about your ASB candidates in their letters down below, written to the students of Archbishop Murphy High School.

Screen Shot 2019-05-03 at 9.18.41 AM.pngLilly Young

Hey guys,

My name is Lilly Young, and I am running to be your ASB class officer for the 2019-2020 school year! For those of you who don’t know me, let me introduce myself. I have been a part of the Murphy community for three years now, and I am currently serving as a junior class officer. I am the founder/head editor of our school online news magazine (yep, the website you are on right now), an AMHS student ambassador, and a National Honors Society member. Additionally, I participate in DECA and I do competitive piano (something I’ve done since I was four years old!). Whenever I’m not juggling high school, you can find me binge-watching Star Trek: The Next Generation (I highly recommend) or baking my stress away in the form of cookies. I’ve made a lot of cookies in my time in high school. I mean a lot of cookies.

Let’s be real here: high school is rough. Balancing rigorous classes and extracurriculars can be physically and mentally draining; I mean, just being a human being is difficult. The reason why I want to serve as ASB class officer next year is that I want to create an empathetic, fun, and diverse environment that makes you enjoy high school for the amazing time it truly is! Whether that means the recognition of all activities, or more spirit during our assemblies/daily life, I want to make your time at Murphy something you can look back on with good memories by fostering kindness and inclusivity. My time as a junior class officer has given me so many opportunities to grow and improve, and I hope to use my skills towards creating an amazing 2019-2020 school year as your ASB class officer. You are so much more than what you think you are, and I bet we can work together to create the best, most-spirited school year in the upcoming 2019-2020 school year!

Go Wildcats!

Lilly Young

Screen Shot 2019-05-03 at 9.18.48 AM.pngChloe Jurdana

Hey Wildcats!

I just wanted to start off by introducing myself for all of those who don’t know me. My name is Chloe Jurdana and I am a junior here at AMHS. Most of you guys probably have seen me around school since I am involved in many school activities like girls basketball, girls golf, National Honors Society, and supporting other Murphy sports. Outside of school, I work as a 5th grade girls basketball coach which showcases my leadership skills. I am running for ASB because I feel that I have the right skills to be in this position and to help our school have the best year possible! Throughout my High school career, I have done many different activities like sports, drama, advanced classes, and other social events held by Murphy. Because of this, I have all different types of friends who are all interested in different things. This allows me to have a very broad and diverse viewpoint because I understand where all my friends are coming from. I feel that this is a good quality for me to have because, if elected, I would care about

the needs of the WHOLE Murphy community, not just the needs of one group. I’m also a very social person, so I always love meeting new people and hearing what they have to say. I am vocal, energetic, and fun, so I know I would be good at speaking in the assemblies and other school events. I am a very positive person also and I would love to continue to spread positivity and kindness throughout Murphy to make this place as welcoming as possible. I know I’m not the only one who wants to have a fun and successful year and I pride myself in knowing I could give each and everyone one of you guys that! I promise to listen to all your ideas and help give everyone the year they dream of!

Thank you,

Chloe Jurdana


Screen Shot 2019-05-03 at 9.18.58 AM.pngZoey Camarillo

Introducing… Me! Hi Wildcats,

My name is Zoey Camarillo and I’m one of the juniors running for the position of ASB Offices.

During my three years at Murphy, I’ve been involved in many clubs, namely the robotics and

mock trial team. I’ve also participated in both Murphy soccer and tennis. I’m involved in my

many school activities while also trying to survive high school. I’m a fellow Wildcat, just like

you. I’ve walked the same hallways, eaten the same school lunches, and taken the same classes as you. But I’m not you. While I know that no two students will have had the same experiences during their high school career, I would like to be a voice for the ideas of the student body as your ASB Officer. Every student will have had unique ups and downs, each having their own ideas about how to improve or change things to make their experience better. I love to help people and I believe that to help others, communication is key. I encourage you all to voice your concerns, and I will make it my duty as your ASB Officer to resolve these concerns. I hope that as ASB Officer, the result will be a good experience for both myself and the student body. Our four years of high school fly by faster than we realize, and we must make the most of the time we have. I hope I may positively contribute to the experiences of the you all, the student body.

Thank you,

Zoey Camarillo

Screen Shot 2019-05-03 at 9.19.04 AM.pngChristopher Marley

Good day, my fellow students! My name is Christopher Marley, and I am hoping to be a part of next year’s ASB. Given that a small minority will read this letter, and an even smaller minority will read the full letter, allow me to give you the most important main goal paragraph at the end. Also, the speech will be more directed and concise (and better-formed). For now…

I do Mock Trial (2 yrs), Robotics (3), Band (3), NHS (1), Math Club (3), Knowledge Bowl (2), Ambassadors (2), and Cross Country (1). Needless to say, I try to be varied and involved in student life. This also allows me to interact with the different grades and absorb different ideas, critiques, and improvements. I’m studious, but with the worst work ethic you could possibly imagine. Obviously, I like HP, but also SW, Marvel, A:TLA, and LotR. I am an optimistic realist, sarcastic at times, humorous at others, with plenty of (positive) attitude. I like music, academics, and sports for fun. I want to improve things and be creative, but I know there are limits to what passes as “awesome.” I completely disregard what is normal, yet try to confine the whimsical natures and ebullient ideas of peers to a hypercube. Being a part of ASB will destroy my stage fright. Being a part of ASB will allow me to be a part of creative leadership and help lead school spirit. This letter is getting to be long and horrible, so keeping it brief, this last paragraph is the most important.

TL;DR-esque ¶: ASB requires a lot of moderation and self-restraint, and as evidenced by the faltering of year-round spirit the past school year, ASB could use a crash course in the adage ‘less is more.’ I can bring firm control and leadership to the gene pool, and in doing so, I hope to restore the intra-school rapport and anticipation of school excitement I experienced as a freshman. Of course, I have to remember that permanence bores and novelty dies when promoting various ideas and constructing annual events. Thank you for reading my letter to you, and I hope that I can gain your support towards the election. Shoot me with any ideas; I’m open!

Screen Shot 2019-05-03 at 9.19.11 AM.pngYunhao Gu

Dear students of AMHS,

Hi! I am Yunhao Gu, an international student from Beijing, China. I have been studying in the U.S since I was in middle school. My motivation to run for ASB comes from my pride in being a Wildcat and love of the Murphy community. When I was a freshman, I joined the basketball team and played as a center, I love playing sports so I also joined the tennis team as a Junior. On and off the courts,  I am an outgoing person and I really like to make friends with everybody. I consider Murphy my second home and I will do what I can to make it a better place for everyone.

I have experience on how to be a good advocate for others who can bring diversity to the Murphy community. I have dedicated a lot of time and energy in the past two years of starting the Chinese Club. My intention for opening a Chinese Club is to bring diversity and share diversity with the Murphy community. Chinese club is based on learning about my home country and the home country of many AMHS students. This consists of learning Chinese cultural lessons and other fun activities. In my Junior year, I managed and ran the Spring Festival event with Mr. Meehan and Melody. Our goal for this event was to bring everybody in the Murphy community together and let everyone feel the warmth in our community. I will keep doing this events like this for next year and I hope that being an ASB will give me a chance to do more. Thank you for considering me for the Associated Student Body and I hope that my leadership skills, openness to diversity and energy can add to the 2019-2020 ASB team.

Screen Shot 2019-05-03 at 9.19.17 AM.pngKainoa Evans

Dear Wildcats,

To those of you who do not know me, my name is Kainoa and I’m one of your ASB candidates! I have spent the last three years at AMHS swimming and running on the track and cross country teams and am also apart of Mock Trial, DECA, Student Council, Choir, Ambassadors, National Honor Society, and Into the Jungle Club. So, you can say that I’m constantly on the go all of the time (with my handy birkenstocks!). However, that will not at all stop me from serving you. During the next school year I am dedicated to making the AMHS community more inclusive, positive, and of course very enjoyable. By being an ASB officer, I know I can accomplish this goal in the best possible way. I would like to not only plan pep-filled assemblies and deliver the announcements over the intercom but make your guys’ experience at school unique and of course fun! I want to raise attendance at school events whether that’s for athletics or fine arts. I want to make sure you guys continue to have quirky themed spirit days along with some much needed relax dress days. I want to make your school year more exciting so much so that you feel more content at AMHS. I will do my best to do this by advocating for every club and team on campus, promoting every school event as conveniently as possible, and of course implementing creativity and optimism throughout the school. My reasoning for running for ASB is to make the school an even better place. I desire for each and every one of the members of the AMHS community to have a positive, fun, and memorable time on campus and I will strive to ensure this becomes a reality. I can not guarantee any grand event or material additions to AMHS but what I do guarantee is my dedication, optimistic attitude, and accessibility. I will strive to be accessible to you and listen to your ideas and do my best to incorporate them or take action upon them if they prove to be positive additions to the school. During the school year I’d like to create more events that would give you all the opportunity to spend time with one another and meet new people such as movie nights during the holidays. To sum it up, I would like to serve and represent you as one of your ASB officers. I will do everything I can to make your next school year more exceptional with dedication. So, I hope you vote me for ASB.


Kainoa Evans

Screen Shot 2019-05-03 at 9.19.26 AM.pngSage Oliveria

Hey Wildcats,

It’s ya boy Sage Oliveria aka spiceboy and I am very excited to run for ASB for the 2019-2020 school year! For those of you who do not know me, let me take some time to introduce myself.

I am currently a Junior and you might see me around campus eating a panini or on the hardwood ballin’ with my bros. I am a captain on the Varsity basketball team, as well as being a part of Junior student council, National Honors Society, and the Wildcat Ambassadors squad. During the summer, I volunteer at Camp Providence and spend time with special needs children. My friends and family would say that I am fun, friendly, energetic, and positive. The biggest thing for me is spreading positive energy to make Archbishop Murphy High School a more inclusive and fun environment. I strive to be the best person I can be every day, as well as pushing others to be better.

Archbishop Murphy has become a second home to me. From getting to school as early as 5:55 am in the morning to as late as 9:00 pm, I am on campus for a quite a bit of time. This has made me grow a love for the school and I want to give back to the community as much as I can. This school has shaped me to be who I am today and I cannot thank the teachers and staff enough.

I hope that after reading this, you have learned a little more about me. Let’s make next year one to remember!


Sage A. Oliveria

Screen Shot 2019-05-03 at 9.19.32 AM.pngEli Hellman

Dear AMHS Students,

My name is Eli Hellman, and I am running for ASB. Currently, I am a Junior and have called Murphy home since my Freshman year. I have been rowing at a local boathouse, Everett Rowing for the past 4 years. It is at rowing that I have found great amounts of success, to now competing at Windermere Cup, a nationally televised event. Although I do not play any sports at Murphy, because our school does not have a rowing team, but because of this, I try to immerse myself in student life as much as possible. This year 2018-2019 I was on Student Council for our Junior class, I was also an Ambassador, an NHS officer, a DECA competitor, and was also part of the Citizen Science program. In past years, 2017 I was a volunteer on the Guatemala service trip, where I devoted a week of my life to the impoverished of Guatemala. It is through my involvement in such various activities that I am able to become more connected with the student body and meet all the wonderful faces of Murphy.

Thanks everyone,

Eli Hellman


Screen Shot 2019-05-03 at 10.22.49 AM.pngGianna Rule

Hey Wildcats!

My name is Gianna Rule and I am so excited and honored to be able to run for your 2019-2020 ASB! A little bit about me: I play volleyball here at AMHS and was team captain this last year, I am a student ambassador, and I am a part of NHS (National Honors Society). Outside of school I am a competitive dancer, and this naturally causes me to love fine arts and everything that comes with it. You can see me around the halls, sporting events, or the new snapple ads hung around the school. I am a very open and positive person and I believe that I can be the person to represent, lead, and engage our student body in and outside of school. A few ideas I have for AMHS is that I want students who go to Murphy to feel included regardless of grade level, religious beliefs, or race/ethnic backgrounds. I also want to help increase and improve communication throughout the school. I would love to be a part of the 2019-2020 ASB to ensure that YOUR voices are heard and taken into consideration. The ASB student leaders are meant to represent the student body and I feel I would fit this role! I would love to be a part of ASB next year and make it the best year yet! Thank you for taking the time to read my letter and I hope to be one of your many leaders next year!

Gianna Rule

Screen Shot 2019-05-03 at 10.44.16 AM.pngSarah Kenny

Dear AMHS students,

Hello, my name is Sarah Kenny and I am running to be one of your ASB officers next year. I am excited to have the opportunity to run for a position that represents all students. For those of you I have not had the pleasure of meeting, let me tell you about some of the activities I am involved in. I am a member of the National Honors Society, a member of the Wildcat Band, and a member of the Robotics team. I also play tennis in the spring and have been on the AMHS student council for the past three years.

As you can tell, I have had the chance of experiencing the many different extracurriculars our school has to offer. However, I want to elaborate on one of those in particular: student council. For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to represent my peers on a larger stage: beginning my student council experience in the seventh grade. At AMHS, I have had the joy of representing my fellow juniors throughout my time here. I want to continue that into next year.

The reason why I wish to be an ASB officer is because I have a passion for helping those around me. I cherish using my skills as an effective communicator and enthusiastic team member to plan events and participate in assemblies that students would enjoy. A central goal of mine for the past three years has been promoting all the extracurriculars at AMHS. As an athlete and a proud member of the fine arts, it is one that I plan on continuing into next year.

Through my experience and personal qualities, I hope to continue what we succeed at as a community and build on what we can improve as a community. I am eager to share some great ideas with you all in my speech later this month. If you have any questions or simply would like to chat, feel free to stop me in the hallways to say hi. Thank you!


Sarah Kenny