Dear Strath Haven: a farewell from the president

Outgoing Student Council President Sawyer Bock shares a reflection on his term.


Jess Farhat

Members of the 2021-2022 Student Council pose for a group photo at the end of the school year.

Sawyer Bock, Editor

I’ve been thinking about the letter I wrote to my future self at the end of the year in freshman English class because I’m looking forward to reading it again soon. “9th grade me” probably would have been really surprised if someone told him that he was writing to the ~student council president~. Not only does the title have a ring to it that still makes me a little bit uncomfortable, but I also wouldn’t have expected to put myself out there in such a public way, let alone be known by (and friends with) enough people to receive many votes. Maybe this “farewell letter” can contain what I would tell my past self—and anyone who’s looking toward their next year at Strath Haven or graduating with me—about what I’ve actually picked up since then.

The best projects at Strath Haven are those that students care about, those with which we utilize our ability to propose change and spread positivity.”

— Sawyer Bock '22

I’ve found that it helps to say “hi” to people in the hallway and invite anyone to your lunch table. For me, sleeping is more useful than studying the night before a test. I have realized the importance of distinguishing between what truly matters to me and what I think I’m supposed to do. Also, school dances are weird and scary. Go to them. Sometimes, things can be enjoyable even when I’m not good at them; when I have put forth my best effort, regardless of the circumstance, I can live happily with the result. I’ve learned to stand up for myself and expect respect from others because that’s what we deserve. 

Most of all, this year, I’ve been fulfilled and impressed by what students are capable of accomplishing when we work together to combine our creativity, talents, and convictions. My favorite parts of everything I’ve been involved with at Strath Haven are when we help each other to achieve goals, which often brings out our authenticity and light-heartedness. The best projects at Strath Haven are those that students care about, those with which we utilize our ability to propose change and spread positivity. 

Despite many difficulties that led us to re-imagine some of our projects (and my infamous impeachment…), student council was luckily able to organize many exciting events this year and have a seat at the table to advocate for the student body. I greatly appreciate being given this experience, and I hope that our group’s contributions benefited our community. 

Having met and worked with many of next year’s officers, I have no doubt that they will fill our shoes and more. As Ms. Esposito and Ms. Szeliga step down after all of their work to support Student Council, next year presents an opportunity to build upon and redefine what student council has to offer for Strath Haven.

Stay groovy, Haven!