Angela Osei-Ampadu (Sophomore Class Representative) - Restrictions Start Time Pushed Back from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning
In the fall term, some of my classmates expressed a desire for a later start time to Saturday morning Restrictions Study Hall. The goal was to push the start time from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Compelled by the arguments my classmates made, I disputed with the Student Life Office that Restrictions Study hall shouldn’t start at 8 a.m. since hot breakfast in the dining hall starts being served at 8. Regular school days don't even begin until 8:30. Feeling there was a strong case for a later start time, I wrote a proposal to the Student Life Office requesting an 8:45 start time. The Student Life Office was compelled by the points my classmates and I had made and conceded to a pushback time of 8:30 a.m. I am glad that I was able to help my classmates and friends in this way and I look forward to helping enhance the Deerfield experience for others as a SC representative. - Angela Osei-Ampadu 2021
Ryan Shin and Angela Osei-Ampadu (Freshman and Sophomore Class Representatives) - Halloween Costume Contest
Halloween is a long standing tradition at Deerfield, and students are always hyped to get dressed up and show their creativity. However, some students are often nonchalant about it and forget the importance of halloween spirit. This is perhaps due to their busy academic/athletic schedules. Hence, Angela Osei-Ampadu and I came up with the halloween costume contest to encourage the students as well as lift their spirits. At first, Angela and I made a collaboration document to brainstorm ideas. We came up with multiple ideas and asked Sophie and Ms. Creagh if it would be possible to execute our plans. Soon, we narrowed it down to one plan and executed the contest at the all school assembly. The prizes were ordered and sent to the winners, and most people dressed up on that day. Thus, our plan was successful, and I hope this contest becomes Deerfield’s new tradition on Halloween. -Ryan Shin 2022
Gerry Alexandre (Student Body President) - DA Wireless extended from 11 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. on weekends
It has been a long known fact that gaming consoles are unable to connect to GreenDoor at the Academy. As a result, non-pc gamers must resort to using hotspots to playing online games during the weekends. I sought to resolve this inconvenience, especially for kids who can not use this luxury. After meeting with Ms. Creagh, Assistant Head for Student Life, and emailing Ms. Butz, Director of IT, my concerns, change was able to be brought to the DA Wireless WiFi regulations. They agreed with my request and brought about the change that I had hoped to see.
Amelia Evans (Junior Class Rep, Student Body President, Head Cheerleader) - Haunted House [written by Gerry Alexandre]
During Amelia Evans’ junior and senior years, she planned Deerfield Academy’s first and second Haunted House. She transformed the first and basement floor of the Kendall into hallways filled with special Halloween surprises waiting for the unsuspecting visitor. Through the use of sit-down announcements as well as natural charisma, Evans successfully recruited a lot of student aid in the set-up of the Haunted House as well as aid from Mr. Barbato, Coordinator of Weekend Activities and Mr. Laprade, Production Services Coordinator. Revered as a success from both students and faculty alike, the Haunted House is a tradition Student Council will continue for years to come.
Christina Halloran (Junior Class Representative) - Açai Bowls in Dining Hall during Sunday Brunch
This fall, I worked with Mr. McCarthy, Director of Food Services, to add açaí/smoothie bowls as an option on campus. We decided to test this option at Sunday brunches, where smoothies were provided along with toppings such as fruit, granola, and peanut butter, among many others. The two test dates seemed to be a success as many people enjoyed them and provided positive feedback. Now I am waiting from him to see what the next steps are such as adding this as an option in the Greer menu.
Danny Finnegan (Student Council Chair) - Dining Hall walk-thru dinner extended from 5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. [written by Gerry Alexandre]
Danny Finnegan, a captain of Deerfield’s Varsity Squash team, noticed two issues with walk-thru dinner at the Academy. One: students were missing dinner due to returning late from games or due to practices that ran late and thus would miss dinner. And two: the dining hall closed at 6:15 p.m., yet the Greer Cafe opened at 6:45 p.m. thus creating a thirty minute period where students couldn’t get any food anywhere on campus. Through many conversations with Ms. Creagh and Mr. McCarthy, Mr. Finnegan won the hard fought battle. To this day, the Student Council thanks Ms. Creagh and the dining hall staff for their understanding as well as listening to our selfish wishes.
Tim O’Brien (Sophomore Class Representative) - Enabled sophomores who are above a certain average to access the library during study hall in the spring term
Last year, I worked with Ms. Melvoin and Mr. Carroll on allowing 10th graders to access the library during study hall. I first proposed the idea to them as a Student Council initiative. One of my goals was to make the transition from 10th to 11th grade smoother by gradually expanding the scope of students’ independence and freedom. The program is during the spring term, and allows certain sophomores access to the library during study hall.