Out with the old, in with the new

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Laraine Sims (Pres.), Ryan Daly (VP), Davis Gonzaga (Secretary), Kaylyn Takeya (Treasurer), Kim Banh (PR), and Marylyne Obare (Historian) strike a pose, excited to lead ASB in the 2022-23 school year.

By Phuong Lam, Khe Bach, and Cleo Williams

Big 6 is the executive ASB council that oversees and coordinates the activities and social events at MTHS. Each year, qualified candidates are able to apply at the end of March and go through an all-school election process.

Through speeches and campaigns, they hope to garner votes from their fellow peers and underclassmen. Terrace’s new Big 6 for the upcoming 2022-23 school year are Laraine Sims, Ryan Daly, Davis Gonzaga, Kaylyn Takeya, Kim Banh and Marylyne Obare.

Upcoming senior Laraine Sims has been on ASB for all of her high school career. As president, Sims will oversee ASB activities, serve as the line of communication between ASB and executive ASB and plan agendas for meetings. She also plans on prioritizing school spirit and creating a community feeling at MTHS.

“I want to make sure everyone feels included and welcome at our school,” Sims said. “I want to improve spirit at our school, not just during spirit weeks, but also cheering on classmates at sports games, or club activities as well. All in all, my goal is that every student at MTHS feels happy, safe and ready to learn.”

Outside of ASB, Sims is on the high school football team, plays soccer in her free time and was also cast in the upcoming school musical “Legally Blonde.”

The new Big 6 vice president is upcoming senior Ryan Daly, who also previously served as the Big 6 historian for the 2021-22 school year. Daly will be succeeding senior Keziah Liu. As vice president, Daly will assist the president, act as a substitute for the president when needed and supervise the ASB elections, and he has ambitious plans.

“I want to make all activities and goals successful for next year,” Daly said. 

Along with this, Daly is an active member of the MTHS cheer squad. He can be found on the sidelines of football games performing the iconic school traditions of supersonic and ice cream and cake.
Upcoming senior Davis Gonzaga will serve as the secretary for the 2022-23 school year, succeeding current senior Mathew Choi. Gonzaga, with an “Anybody can do it, why not you?” mentality, decided to take a shot at the secretary position while being relatively new to the school and Washington. As secretary, he will keep accurate accounts of ASB meetings, and will also be in charge of documentation and keeping meeting attendance records.

Gonzaga himself is also a part of several social and cultural after-school clubs that allowed him to get to know more new people. Outside of school, he loves to skate and play the guitar during his spare time. Furthermore, whenever he is feeling bored or stressed, Gonzaga enjoys taking strolls and collecting flowers to press, or simply admiring nature. This comes from the fact that he used to live in Las Vegas.

“There is literally no green nature there, so it has been fun to enjoy the beauty of Washington,” he said.

Kaylyn Takeya, an upcoming senior, will be taking on the role of treasurer, succeeding senior Theresa Van. Takeya shares similar goals with her fellow new Big 6 members. 

“I want to promote school spirit, involvement, and excitement among the school and community,” she said. 

Takeya is also a dedicated swimmer, being part of both the MTHS women’s swim team and a club outside of school. In addition to sports, she is also involved in Key Club, National Honor Society, Interhigh and her class ASB. With so many obligations, Takeya makes sure to find time to relax and have fun, too. 

“I especially like to get boba with my friends,” she said. 

As the new Big 6 treasurer, Takeya will oversee the financial responsibilities of ASB by maintaining an accurate account of the organization’s income, budget and expenditures alongside an adult ASB bookkeeper. 

Kim Banh is an upcoming sophomore who participates in the feminism club and Asian Student Union. She will serve as the new public relations officer as the only underclassman in Big 6, succeeding this year’s officer, senior Jaimee Wacker. When she isn’t at school, Banh enjoys a number of activities and working on personal projects. 

“I like going out with friends to get boba, scrapbooking and doing random food reviews on my private story,” she said. 

As the public relations coordinator, she will advise all ASB activities, manage school media for ASB and distribute press releases to the local media. Banh’s goals for the upcoming year are focused on minority appreciation and making the most of opportunities missed because of COVID.

“I want [MTHS] to have more appreciation for different minority groups, and to also have more school assemblies because due to COVID restrictions, we couldn’t have that many opportunities to get together and show spirit as a school,” Banh said. 

Lastly, the new Big 6 historian is upcoming senior Marylyne Obare. When she’s not planning ASB events, Obare can be found on the mat wrestling, or in the theater rehearsing lines. She will be taking over the role from junior Ryan Daly, and thought now was as good a time as any to get involved in ASB. 

“I’ve always been interested in participating in the school’s leadership and knowing what is going on,” Obare said. “Because next year will be my last, I thought, why not give it a try this year?” 

Her duties as historian consist of maintaining a detailed record of all school events by creating visuals and summaries in collaboration with the public relations officer to document key events and activities.

The newly elected Big 6 members altogether are ecstatic to start their new term and put forth their best effort towards their ASB duties for the 2022-23 school year.