This year, the King student body voted for Dean Kaduboski to be their class president for the 2021-2022 school year. The Pelican interviewed him about his plans for his upcoming term as part of the student government before officially starting in the fall.
Name: Dean Kaduboski Pronouns: He/him
1. What is the one concrete goal you plan to accomplish in office that we can see as the student body? How could this change if stricter rules regarding COVID-19 are enforced such as going remote?
I have no idea if we’ll even be here next year, so it’s difficult to give a completely concrete answer. I think that events outside of school could potentially happen depending on what rules are put in place, which will definitely be evaluated as we go through the year. But in my election video, Mr. O’Neil suggested that we do a drive-in movie night. It would be safe since we’d all be in our own cars, and it would be a lot of fun. Otherwise, I said most of my ideas in my video and I’m going to do as much as possible. However, it really will be based around if we’re able to be at school in person and change depending on the circumstances.
2. Who are your role models?
My role model has got to be Luke Buttenweiser, an obvious choice to anyone that was here when he was president. Luke not only accomplished a lot as president, but he is also a great friend to many of us. Additionally, I shadowed him when I came to visit King three years ago, so I like to think that he is a part of the reason I chose to come to King in the first place. Among many other reasons, Lukas (Buttookas) Buttenweiser is 100% my role model.
3. Was there any candidate whose approach you liked? Do you plan to work with any of the other presidential candidates to get their input on goals to prioritize?
A lot of the candidates had great ideas. I especially liked Joz and Nick’s approaches; they both talked a lot about the interests of the students and the community. I also liked the way Jack’s approach got everyone excited about student government. There are some candidates whose approaches I was interested in, but if anyone has ideas they can always come to me. I’d be more than happy to talk to you.
4. What are some groups that you plan on working with to accomplish your ideas? Any specific student correspondence? Clubs? Teachers?
I’m going to go to a couple of clubs to see what they want, which I think we’ll talk about in the next question, such as DEI. I’d love to talk with them because obviously I’m no professional, and it’s beneficial to talk to people who know more about topics than I do. And like I said before, anyone that comes to me or wants to talk knows where to find me.
What are your thoughts on the following topics?
DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) work
I’m super interested in what they have to say. I’m open to talking to them to see what can be changed to create a more inclusive community.
Student mental health
Once again, I’m no professional in this category, but I know Ms. Chau is fantastic. She is a great resource for students. So as far as I’m concerned it seems to be in pretty good shape. Once again, I could be completely wrong, but I really want to learn more as I start my term.
COVID-19 / vaccines
Get them! I want you to get a vaccine so that we can have drive-in theaters and hot chocolate next year.