Class of 2020, meet your senior class president: Peter Mentekidis
March 26, 2019
Peter Mentekidis was elected March 7th as president of the upcoming senior class. Peter is a three-sport athlete, playing on the varsity football team and running for both indoor and outdoor track. On top of all of this, he finds time to write for the student newspaper, the Ludlow Cub. He is editorial editor and enjoys interviewing people around the school as well as expressing his opinions on several topics including the bathrooms and promposals.
As president, Peter hopes “to give a voice to people who are misrepresented in our school.”
He believes that having attended Saint John’s in Ludlow helps him be a more prominent member of the class. Since he belongs to “no clique in particular,” he believes that he has been able to reach out to more people as individuals instead of having one set group of friends.
Peter’s campaign speech made the crowd quake: “I’ve seen the impact an ineffective student council can have on a class firsthand. I’ve seen the lack of class T-shirts, the lack of field trips. And when we do get these things, they feel cheap and lackluster,” he belted into the mic.
Anyone in the auditorium could tell that Peter became president not because he was the most popular, or even the most qualified candidate; he was the candidate that related the most to the class as a whole. His candid, confident tone told the class that he knew exactly what he was talking about.
That tone was copied exactly in his interview: “As president, I just want to make sure everyone’s represented and everyone’s happy… I want to make sure that senior year is very memorable, naturally…
“I want to make sure that senior week, senior show, and all the stuff we have to do senior year goes smoothly.
“I want to make sure everyone has a voice—an opinion.”
Sophomore year class president and current class representative, Miranda Balbino, gave her view of Peter’s upcoming presidency and offered some words of advice:
“I think Peter will be able to communicate to an audience of people previous presidents may not have been able to reach. Peter is pretty good at making people feel accepted! Everyone experiences their own challenges as [class] president and you have to learn to roll with the punches. If he can do that, I have faith that senior year will be amazing no matter what gets accomplished.”