Abraham Lincoln. George Washington. John F. Kennedy. What do these three have in common? No, it’s not only that they were all presidents of the U.S. It is the fact that they were all great leaders, as well as examples of integrity, diligence and leadership. The same could be said about our house captains. When I first entered this school in Prep 1, I looked up to them, and admired them for everything they did for their house and school. To me, they were a shining beacon of hope, the best of the best in their house. They have inspired me to apply and to take on this highly prestigious role. Yet another thing that has inspired me is the fact that I want to give back to the school for everything it has done for me. As our school motto says “Enter to learn, leave to serve”. And today, I finally have the honor do exactly that, by running for house captain.
Why would you choose me? You ask. Well, I have tried to serve the community both inside and outside of school. Inside of school, I have been a class helper for G2 NMa last year, as well as a prep monitor in Prep 1 LCh this year. I have also participated in every Lapathon over the last few years, and raised funds for World vision in the last garage sale. I am also in three sports teams: Swimming, badminton, and golf. Thus, I know what is takes to compete, lose, and rise up again.I had to build up my mental strength to compete; and courage when faced with new competition.
Besides my school community, I have also helped others outside our school, by doing service runs such as Santa Run and Run & Raisin for the last 3 years, as well as contributing time at the Willing Hearts soup kitchen where we prepare food to be delivered to the underprivileged families in Singapore.
My largest community contribution is in building a fundraising website called zacslab.com on my 10th birthday where instead of birthday presents, I ask for donations to Pencils of Promise. I managed to raise USD7,600 to contribute to building a school in Laos. These are a few experiences that I believe will help make me a great house captain.
If I am voted in, I will ensure that all the current house events could be re-looked at to make them more fun and interesting. If I am voted in, I will try to make sure that every student has a voice, a voice that can be heard. You can talk to me anytime, if you have a problem. If I am voted in, I will try to make the school a better place, for both the students and the teachers.
If I am elected, I have a new idea I would bring to the HUG team. The idea is to organise a fun event where we will try to get the students of different grades in a house to interact and play games with each other in an effort to bond and get to know each other better. Through this activity, I hope to create a closer, happier and stronger Benilde.
In conclusion, I would like to leave you with a quote by Douglas MacArthur “A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, the compassion to listen to others. He does not set out to be a leader but becomes one by the equality of his actions and integrity of his intent.”
I hope that I have the opportunity to show you that I can become such a leader. Thank you.
And guess what? I won the election and became house captain!