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A leader in the making

New Freshman ASB President brings hopes of change

Grace Harmon, Staff Reporter
Originally published February 5, 2015

Avary LenzSophia Konugres presents her speech at freshman elections as ASB President Lindsay Fasser stands by.

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Sophia Konugres presents her speech at freshman elections as ASB President Lindsay Fasser stands by.

Among the additions to ASB this year was the new Freshman Class President, Sophia Konugres. An enthusiastic presence in and out of office, she’s a student who is truly interested in the community and values of the school.

Konugres, whose older brother and sister also attend Ballard, was greatly inspired to involve herself in high school government by her siblings’ success in the school, which included her sister Christiana’s musical concerts and her brother James’ track career, and by her own experiences with Ballard and ASB.

Feeling unsure of how she wanted to involve herself in her middle school, Konugres waited until high school to be active in student government, in order to see what her options would be. After noting the enthusiasm students had while at Freshman Night early this year and seeing ASB’s talent show, Konugres realized ASB was where she wanted to be.

“I truly want to make a difference at Ballard,” Konugres said. “I want to find more ways to bring the school together as a community and to make sure everyone is happy and supported.”

However, Konugres knows that there are still problems within Ballard. “I think we can have a bit of a problem of judging people too fast, and separate into cliques too easily,” Konugres said. “I’m looking to show people they don’t have to do that.”

In addition to acknowledging such issues, Konugres also offers solutions. “I really encourage students to try and take even one lunch per week and spend it with new people,” she said. “Even if those experiences don’t turn into friendships, it’ll help you meet new kids and branch out of your typical group.”

Among Konugres’ ideas for her time in office was a spirit day in which students would wear white clothing and no make up, to symbolize putting one’s true self and individuality forward to their peers.

Konugres also participates in her community outside of school. As well as being an active participant with her church, she’s anticipating taking a role as a counselor this summer at Camp Agape, a retreat for children with cancer and their families.

The effect freshman leaders such as Konugres have had this school year is commended by ASB. “We’ve had so much involvement this year,” Lindsay Fasser, ASB President, said. “They’re all so eager to help our community and to be involved however they can. It’s really an example of the spirit Ballard is known for.”

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