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Politics: Meet Your Junior Class Officers!

Photo by Kyra Mikat

Photo by Kyra Mikat

Veritas Press Scholars Academy’s (VPSA) team of student officers has positively impacted the Diploma Program through Student Connections meetings this school year. You should know by now that our junior class officers are Harrison Buehrle (class president), Margaret Duren (vice president), and Mary Grace Metheny (secretary). These three students are determined to work together to build strong community, personal connections, and lasting friendships with their influential positions.

Harrison Buehrle, fondly known as Harry among classmates, is 17 and in his fourth year with VPSA. Harry most enjoys getting to know people around the world through Veritas Press, and he hopes to help others do this as class president. His goal for Student Connections meetings is to build class community and encourage classmates to strengthen one another as brothers and sisters in Christ. When Harry isn’t busy planning Student Connections meetings or doing homework, he enjoys playing the piano and listening to different musical artists from Mozart to Imagine Dragons. With ambitions of becoming a doctor, Harry would like to someday travel to Greece and Rome, but until then requests that the entire class of 2016 visits him in California.

Vice President Margaret Duren, has been in the Diploma Program for four years and strives to support the class leadership with original ideas for Student Connections meetings. Margaret, 16, enjoys spending time with her three sisters and brother and volunteers at her church regularly. She sees Student Connections as a valuable way to hang out with friends while building community that unites different cultures across the world. As Junior Class Vice President, Margaret is learning how to become a stronger, wiser leader from her friends who lead the class of 2015, like Collin Smith, current Senior Class President. Thus far, Margaret has learned that applied effort is not worthless just because positive results are not immediately evident. She is dedicated to pouring her effort, hard work, and enthusiasm into the junior class this school year.

Mary Grace Metheny, also 16 years old, is the latest addition to the 11th grade student officers after the position for secretary was left unfulfilled over the summer. Mary Grace, who has been in the Diploma Program for five years, loves Omnibus along with her teachers and the relationships she has built with classmates through VPSA. With a passion to connect people, she always wanted to be in class government and was very pleased to be selected as class secretary. Mary Grace also plans Student Connection meetings and keeps everyone entertained with her wit, like in the minutes of the last meeting (found here) She enjoys finding new ways to grow friendships and has learned that, “Being a leader in a group of people means that, not only… are you at the front of the pack, but you’re also within it.”

Harry, Margaret, and Mary Grace are a complementary group united by their passion to love and connect people. Each has distinct hopes and messages for the class of 2016. Harry’s wish is to encourage his classmates to embrace learning through the exceptional opportunities VP offers with its excellent classes and teachers who help students learn to think, reason, and discover their own beliefs while still focusing on God. He shares the core beliefs expressed in Harvard University’s original motto, “Let every Student be plainly instructed, and earnestly pressed to consider well, the maine end of his life and studies is, to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life (John 17:3) and therefore to lay Christ in the bottome, as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and Learning.”

Margaret has a similar reminder to her classmates to focus on Christ throughout school and the turmoil life brings. A passage of scripture on her heart, one she urges the junior class to always recall, is James 1:2-4, which states, “My brothers and sisters, when you have many kinds of troubles, you should be full of joy, because you know that these troubles test your faith, and this will give you patience. Let your patience show itself perfectly in what you do. Then you will be perfect and complete and will have everything you need.” With this, Margaret encourages students to establish their identity in Christ because when all else fails, He never will.

Mary Grace also wishes to inspire her classmates to love one another and recognize the value in friendships. Though Veritas friendships aren’t always stereotypical or “normal,” she believes that students can build unbreakable bonds by developing encouraging, motivational, and joyful friendships that are not limited by geography or time zones.

So, remember as you juniors move into your senior year next year, it’s not too late to use Student Connections as an exciting way to build these lifelong friendships!
Now that you know more about the fantastic junior class officers, come to the next meeting on March 19 and remember to #ROCKTHEHIZZA.

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