Class officer elections see an increase in candidates, rare runoff race

April 3, 2023 — by William Norwood
Graphic by Divya Vadlakonda
Students used their devices to vote for class office elections.
Those expected to win didn’t always gain enough votes.

Class officer elections for 2023-24 have come to end with close elections and landslide victories — more candidates running than in recent years. 

The incoming freshmen held their class officer elections in late February at Redwood Middle School. They elected Sina Mahtaj-Kharassani as president, Katie Yang as vice president, Seabert Mao as treasurer and Isabell Jadali as the class representative.

The Class of ‘26 elected Jena Lew as president, Anthony Tran as vice president, Samvrith Bandi as treasurer and Bryan Zhao as the class representative.

The Class of ‘25 had an unusually large number of candidates for both the treasurer and class representative races. Langdon Huynh was elected president, Amy Pan was elected vice president and Caitlin Lee was elected class representative. In the treasurer race, two of four candidates tied, so the school hosted a rare runoff between sophomores Tanuj Siripurapu and Justin Choi, with Choi coming out on top.

The Class of ‘24 elected Paul Hulme as president, Margaret Laver as vice president, Anannya Raman as treasurer and Sahar Noor as class representative.

“I’m pretty excited to lead the class through senior year,” Hulme said. “It is definitely a big commitment and a step up from class representative, but I believe it is the next step in my leadership experience. Once I get used to the responsibility of the role, it’ll be a blast.”

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