2018-19 Student Elections Results

Chief of Publicity

Candidate Rd. One Rd. Two

[*] S. CHANG 897 1035

[*] O. ASHLEY 536 602

  1. SCOTT 207

BLANK 96 99

Chief of Service

Candidate Rd. One

[*] S. WEAVER 875

  1. KIRTLAND 744

BLANK 117

ASB President

Candidate Rd. One Rd. Two

[*] T. IRWIN 699 874

  1. SHEIKH 534 778
  2. RASHADA 443

BLANK 60 84

ASB Vice President

Candidate Rd. One

[*] M. DE SOUZA 1628

BLANK 108

School Board Representative

Candidate Rd. One

[*] A. HARIRI 958

  1. TEZCAN 715

BLANK 63

Berkeley Schools Excellence Project

Candidate First Pl. Second Pl. Total

[*] T. WEKWERT 892 672 1564

[*] G. GHOSAL 692 863 1555

BLANK 152 201 353

Sophomore Class President

Candidate Rd. One Rd. Two

[*] R. CHOKKALI 289 335

  1. SPENCER 204 252
  2. PAKTER 100

BLANK 32 39

Sophomore Class Vice President

Candidate Rd. One Rd. Two

[*] K. SULLIVAN 290 346

  1. O’BRIEN 203 242
  2. LEI 98

BLANK 34 37

Junior Class President

Candidate Rd. One Rd. Two

[*] E. HEMP 246 316

  1. GORDON-CH 192 242
  2. KHAN 131

BLANK 25 36

Junior Class Vice President

Candidate Rd. One Rd. Two Rd. Three

[*] R. ALPER 179 203 304

  1. SHEN 154 188 284
  2. TOMASIK 133 170
  3. GALBRAITH 99

BLANK BALLOTS NOT COUNTED IN MANUAL RECOUNT.

*BLANK denotes that a response was not bubbled in for first, second, and/or third choice.

Senior Class President

Candidate Rd. One

[*] S. EWELL-SZ 481

BLANK 39

THESE RESULTS CERTIFIED BY THE DIRECTOR OF STUDENT ACTIVITIES AND COMMISSIONER OF ELECTIONS.
Election Returns 2018

Unity at Berkeley High By Adrian Feinberg

Unity at Berkeley High
By Adrian Feinberg
Berkeley High School is a big place. The institution has 3,200 students to be exact, not to mention the hundreds of staff members found on campus. Such a big place is bound to be diverse, hosting people whose origins span every corner of the earth. While swimming through the oceans of people in the hallways, the humm of many languages can be heard. However, the citizens of Berkeley High are not just divided by race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, grade, and sexuality. Berkeley High is also divided into six small learning communities: BIHS, AC, AHA, AMPS, CAS, and Independent Studies. Thus, in almost every way besides a shared educational institution, Berkeley High School students are seperated.
The goal of the leadership team is to serve all of the students of Berkeley High, and engage them in activities that unite them as one school. Berkeley High is so divided and vast, it can often feel like millions of different moving parts, not one school. Leadership members work hard to remind all students that Berkeley High is one community, all unified in Jacket Pride. This is done by organizing events like Unity Week, which provide events and theme days to feel as one in our school spirit.
But, in order to do this the leadership team needs to reflect the whole student population, so that all voices at Berkeley High in completing the goal of unifying the Berkeley High community. So, the leadership team reflects such a community in order to better help the school accomplish its goals. By having such a diverse team, people are also unified in bettering our school. People of all origins are unified themselves on the leadership team, despite their many differences. Thus, in more ways than one, Berkeley High leadership unifies the many people of BHS.

Ranked Choice Voting by Robert Ezra Stern

This year, Berkeley High will be using Ranked Choice Voting (RCV), a system of voting a that allows you, the voter, to, well, rank candidates in various elections. Here’s everything you need to know about this new system in order to vote come March.

 

How do I vote?

For each race, you will be given the opportunity to select multiple candidates for office. Just fill out your ballot as you usually would, but now you can choose second-choice and third-choice candidates in races with lots of candidates. Learn more.

 

If I use my second- and third-choice votes, will that hurt my favorite candidate?

Absolutely not. We will only use your lower-choice votes if every candidate you ranked higher is out of the running. By not marking lower-choice votes, you not only don’t hurt your favorite candidate, you lose your voice if that candidate is eliminated. Learn more.

 

Why are we using RCV?

Simple! RCV is the system of choice of the cities of Berkeley, Oakland, and San Francisco. Leadership elections are designed to prepare you to vote in real elections, so why shouldn’t they be conducted the same way? Learn more.

 

What are other benefits of RCV?

RCV has been called “the antidote to negative campaigning”. It consistently produces winners that a vast majority of voters are satisfied with, and always produces a winner backed by a majority of voters. This allows voters to more accurately convey their preferences, instead of voting strategically. Learn more.

 

How does RCV work?

Slightly less simple! All of the first-choice votes are tallied first. Then the candidate with the fewest first-choice votes is eliminated. Normally, their voters would not influence the outcome of the election. However, in RCV, voters whose candidate is eliminated have their vote for their next-favorite candidate counted. This process is repeated until a clear winner emerges. Learn more.

Finding Unity and Plurality by Rohini C.

This is the first in a series of articles written by student leaders on issues to raise awareness and share a fresh perspective.

 

Rohini C.

6 Jan 2018

 

Finding Unity and Plurality

 

All school leadership at Berkeley High aims to build community and foster a sense of unity among all Berkeley High students. For a school of 3200 students, and five learning communities, this is no small task.

We recognize that, in such a large student body, and in such an open and diverse campus as Berkeley High, that many perspectives will flourish. We as individuals are encouraged to bring forth our voices and our ideas into the classroom and our communities. We have a plurality.

In a plurality, and in a campus that is organized by smaller learning communities, the challenge of unity and community becomes complex. Individuals from different backgrounds will naturally gravitate toward those with whom they share common interests or heritage. Students of South Asian descent, like me, might find others of South Asian descent to form a club or group. We share common music, common food, and a common background. We naturally will share an identity separate from those of other classmates. Building unity is a challenge that we face with a diverse and large student body.

We, in leadership, have approached this from the perspective of unity through the exploration of our individual identities: a mosaic of students. We think of ourselves as capable of several identities, just as an individual tile can have many colors. We may consider ourselves South Asian, female, an IB-student, or a musician, and also a Berkeley High student. That is the basis of all of our activities in ASB: being a Berkeley High student is common to all of us, and we accept this identity along with other aspects of ourselves. We are pushing toward a shared sense of identity, a shared unity.

With the basis of a mosaic, we have decided to organize all school events to help build community and a sense of a shared unity. We are putting a lot of thought into designing activities that would pursue these goals above all else. One activity that we, as freshman, are organizing is class to class presentations among freshmen to enhance the community of the Class of 2021. We are brainstorming several options, including playing a game of Jeopardy in each class with categories based on the identities of the members of that class.

It is our goal that, ultimately, these activities will help bring forth a collective: that by sharing our identities with each other, together we can push beyond the natural tendencies of separation and find a common language and shared destiny as students at Berkeley High.

 

Support Student Activities & Athletics! Buy an ASB Sticker!

Click here to download and complete the ASB Sticker 2017.18 member form

BERKELEY HIGH ASB STICKER FAQ

1.Why should I purchase an ASB Sticker?
The savings with an Associated Student Body (ASB) sticker will save you money all year long! There are discounts for school dances, home football, soccer & basketball games as well as exclusive raffles. BHS has a rich tradition of athletic success and we believe that increasing student participation in athletics will renew JACKET PRIDE. We want to encourage more students to get involved with athletics whether as an athlete or fan. ASB funds are managed by the BHS Student Leadership, as elected by the student body.

2.Where & when can I purchase an ASB Sticker?
ASB stickers will be available beginning REGISTRATION WEEK in August. Once school starts, you may purchase your ASB sticker in the Leadership Office during lunch or after school. Sales will end in Mid-October. This will allow you to receive your JACKET PRIDE t-shirt before the Homecoming Game.

3.What happens if I lose my student ID card?
Students who lose their ID card will be able to receive another ID card from the Counseling Center and ASB Sticker from the Leadership Office. Each ASB Sticker is individually numbered so that they cannot be duplicated or used by another student.

4.What games can I attend with the ASB sticker?
You can attend all regular season home games at Donahue Gym or Jacket Stadium for FREE (GOLD

LEVEL). You will still need to get a ticket at the box office. Simply present your ID card with ASB sticker to the box office. Unfortunately, all home PLAYOFF games ARE NOT included due to league rules.

5.Why should I support BHS Athletics?
Berkeley High has as many as 1/3 of the student body participating on an athletic team each year. That

equals about 1100 students competing for the pride of BERKELEY HIGH! As a member of our student- cheering section, you will create a supportive atmosphere that will give our teams a competitive advantage. Wear RED & GOLD to every home game to represent the Mighty Jackets to the fullest!

6.I’m not a senior, so why should I care about the discount for dances?
If you are a JUNIOR or SENIOR you can purchase tickets to the Prom in the spring. We do plan on holding at least one other dance that is open to ALL GRADES. Simply present your ID card with ASB sticker to receive discounts to either of the 2-3 school-sponsored dances (Fall Dance, Winter Dance and/or Prom) at the time of purchase. Your ASB sticker entitles you to ONE discounted ticket.

7.When do I receive my t-shirt?
All students that purchase an ASB sticker will receive a JACKET PRIDE t-shirt in sizes ranging from small to

triple-extra large. We will order the t-shirts after you have purchased an ASB sticker. ASB sticker sales end in Mid-October. You should receive your t-shirt before the last week of October.

8.What is the BHS Spirit Song?

A) Juice the jackets, juice juice the jackets (what?!)

Juice the jackets, juice juice the jackets (what?!) (Chant continues throughout)

B) Go…. mighty jackets!

Go…. mighty jackets!

Repeat as many times as necessary to intimidate your opponent!

9. When do I receive my yearbook?
All students with a GOLD LEVEL ASB sticker will receive a free yearbook. Yearbooks represent all of the amazing accomplishments from the past year and the yearbook staff does a tremendous job of covering the events at BHS. They become available towards the end of the school year. We will work with the yearbook staff to ensure that your name is included on the list of students that purchased a yearbook. Yearbook orders tend to arrive in late May. Ms. Hollyman, 2017 faculty sponsor of yearbook, will announce via E-tree and the school bulletin when, where, and how to pick-up a yearbook.

Winter Ball is Coming!

Announcement:
Winter Ball is coming! Show up and show out at Berkeley High’s Winter Wonderland on Friday, February 3. This dance is for everyone to come and SLAYYY. Tickets go on sale January 11 and are available for purchase in the leadership office. Food and Entertainment will be provided!
We are also looking for student performers. If you are interested email kendrabowman@students.berkeley.net

 

Dear Parents/Guardians/Staff,
We need about 10 to 12 chaperones for our winter formal on Friday, February 3from 7:00-10:00pm to monitor students and entry/exit ways during the dance. If you’re interested in helping please contact Kendra Bowman (Kendrabowman@students.berkeley.net) or John Villavincencio (johnvillavicencio@berkeley.net). Food and drink donations would also be extremely helpful! (Chips, popcorn, fruit trays, soda, water, etc) Please bring anything you’d like to donate to the leadership office inside of the school cafeteria. It would mean a lot to us if you could come out to help and we would appreciate your support!
Thank you so much,
The Winter Ball Committee

 

 

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Volunteer Opportunity: E1 Campaign

YES on E1 for the Berkeley Schools will benefit all students directly from the BSEP funding. If you are interested in helping campaign, below are some options for you!
There will be an info booth and reading area at Sunday Streets this weekend on Shattuck near north Berkeley from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. All are welcome to stop by!
They canvass neighborhoods on Saturdays (10/29 and 11/5), starting at 10:00 a.m. convening at E1 headquarters (1201 University  Ave.) for a quick training and to give out materials. Students could pair up and walk neighborhoods!
They plan on rallying voters (holding signs and cheering) on:
Monday, November 7th4 to 6 p.m. in the Marin Circle
Tuesday, November 8th4 to 6 pm. at North Berkeley, Downtown Berkeley, & Ashby BART stations.
Students could also write an article for the Jacket or letter to the editor or the Berkeley Times (their deadline is 10/28).
If you are interested please contact miashayna@gmail.com