As many students are looking forward to a relaxing and peaceful summer, one St. Michael’s College School (SMCS) student’s schedule just got a whole lot busier. Meet Jeremi Kolakowski, the newly-minted SMCS Student Government President.
“This was a moment I had been dreaming about for years, which has now formed into a reality,” says Kolakowski. “I am overwhelmed with excitement about the year to come. I love St. Mike’s and being elected to this role is truly an honour.”
This year’s student government elections took place over the course of two rounds using Edsby, the school’s digital learning platform. In the final round of voting, Kolakowski edged out classmate and friend, Riley Stefan.
“This year’s election for president was one of the closest ones I have seen since taking over,” says John Connelly, SMCS Guidance Counsellor and the club’s moderator since 2013.
From Grade 8 to Grade 11, Kolakowski served the Student Government as a grade councillor, helping with several student-driven activities. Now, many will look to him for his leadership.
“Jeremi is a collaborative leader with excellent working relationships with students, faculty, staff, and administration,” says Connelly. “It is obvious that everything he does as a leader is grounded in a deep and abiding love for the school. He is a man of faith and service, and he brings those traits to the task of leading student government.”
In a typical year, the Student Government is responsible for planning, organizing, and executing a number of significant events for SMCS students such as spirit week, food drives, Zingo contest, spirit assemblies, dress-down days, and the intermediate dance. Student councillors also assist in managing a budget, supporting charitable outreach, and encouraging school spirit.
“I would describe my leadership as collaborative, considerate, and accountable,” says Kolakowski. “The pandemic taught me that a key aspect of leadership is being supportive of others. I’d like to break the barriers between the senior grades and the younger ones, and encourage everyone to be there for each other.”
Kolakowski says the Student Government will be working hard over the summer so they are prepared for the new school year regardless of what format that takes.
“We have already held an introductory online meeting, and have also connected with teachers and administration to discuss our plans so they are in place for September,” he says. “One of our goals is to enhance school spirit and I believe that through a house system, this is possible. We also are prioritizing service in everything we do, not only giving back to SMCS, but to the community as well.”
In addition to being an honour roll student, Kolakowski has been a very active member of the school’s co-curricular programme. During his time at SMCS, he has competed in soccer, volleyball, track and field, and cross country. Kolakowski has also been part of seven different bands and ensembles in the music programme. He has been a leader with the Outdoor Education programme since Grade 9, and a member of the Senior Math Club and the Modern Man Movement. He also participated in the service trips to Kenya and India.
“St. Michael’s has taught me how to effectively manage my time and balance my academics and co-curricular commitments,” says Kolakowski. “I will schedule and prioritize student government duties and responsibilities into my schedule each day to keep on top of business and planning.”
“The student government is looking forward to working together with the students and the staff to make it a great year and a positive experience for everyone,” he says.
2020-21 SMCS Student Government
Grade 8 Councillor - Jerome Katekyeza
Grade 9 Councillor - Kevin Si
Grade 10 Councillor - Nathaniel McDonald
Grade 11 Councillors - Ryan Fazl & Richard Morad
Grade 12 Councillors - Mwanyumba Ng'ang'a & Douglas Persico
Senior Councillors-at-Large - Andrew Lobo & Riley Stefan
Vice-President - Ryan Pleava
President - Jeremi Kolakowski