Kenny Wong and Tina Shi

Kenny and Tina
Photo by Ting Ting Chen

Wong and Shi possessed an energy unrivaled by the other candidates. In terms of optimism—a quality that has allowed the likes of former presidents John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan to, at least in some communities, be warmly regarded—this ticket was the strongest. It was practically impossible to listen to them talk, Wong especially, without smiling, or even giggling. He spoke with an infectious excitement that was too elaborate not to be completely, if not alarmingly, genuine. The Spectator wholly values the candidates’ enthusiasm because it believes that their obvious passion would be able to, at least in some way, help to combat student apathy.

In terms of their plans, Wong and Shi hope to hold spirit days as competitions between homerooms. For each spirit day, the homeroom with the most participants would win an ice cream party.

Their other ideas include opening the sophomore bar so that sophomores can do homework there during free periods, and allowing students two “free” latenesses per year (i.e. latenesses caused by Long Island Railroad delays will be excused). All of these ideas were fervently thought out by both Wong and Shi, as was made very clear in their interview with The Spectator.

But, the main problem with these ideas is that it’s not clear how much the student body actually wants, or needs, these changes. Sophomores overwhelmed by their first AP classes will probably not be super motivated to dress up in silly clothes for the reward of ice cream. Maybe 8th graders, or even freshmen would be. Opening the sophomore bar for students to do homework would also help a total of, at most, seven students per period. And latenesses don’t count for anything—they don’t go on transcripts—except for your teacher’s perception of you, and most teachers understand that students can’t control delays on the LIRR.

That said, Wong and Shi also discussed ideas that were entirely feasible and show great potential in helping the Stuyvesant community, like an increased role for homeroom representatives. However, The Spectator decided not to endorse Wong and Shi because while these kinds of useful and feasible ideas dominated the platform of Julia Lee and Stephanie Naing, they made fewer appearances on Wong and Shi’s.

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