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Freshmen Elect Class Officers

The Class of 2027 now has representatives in Rockhurst student government. As second quarter got going, the students chose Tristan Batobalani as president and Tyson Nguyen vice president.

Both were pleased to learn of their elections to their respective positions.

“I am really surprised, and I am really happy,” said Batobalani.

“It’s a really great honor to be vice president,” said Nguyen.

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Batobalani’s victory, in particular, caught him off guard, because he felt like he was going up against some “really, really popular people.” He said he thinks persistence played a role in his win as he just continued campaigning and asking people for their vote.

SGA moderator Sarah Dunn says both Batobalani and Nguyen left good impressions.

“They were really good communicators…they were really eager and excited.”

Neither Batobalani nor Nguyen say they have big plans to try to change anything. Batobalani says he wants to “put into unity and community” and improve the experience of the average Rockhurst student. Nguyen is looking to grow his leadership skills, be more involved and get to know more people.

Familiarity is a big reason the election for freshman officers and SGA representatives didn’t take place until after first quarter. The other three classes at Rockhurst elected their representatives last school year.

“We want to make sure that the freshman class have a chance to get to know each other a little bit,” said Dunn.

As for Batobalani and Nguyen, both say they’ve appreciated their time here at Rockhurst thus far.

“My experience has actually been amazing…I really love going here,” said Batobalani. “I made amazing friends. A lot of them are really, really humble and really good.”

“It’s been a challenge that’s worth taking,” said Nguyen. “I am really enjoying it.”


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Timmy Ottomanelli, Staff Reporter
Hi, my name is Timmy,  and I am a website developer, and I am excited for the coming year. :D I am a developer using languages such as python, JavaScript, and HTML for building websites/scripts. I helped fix a security exploit at my old school that I discovered allowing the user to basically do whatever they want.
  • Currently this is my first year being on the newspaper staff, and with me being the only freshman in the class, this is going to be an interesting experience for me. This is also my first time interviewing people for anything, which will be a unique experience for me.
  • One of my reasons I wanted to write for the newspaper is to better myself in the field of writing, which unfortunately is one of my harder fields to do.
  • School-wise, I am involved in all normal classes. Outside of school, I was an exploit finder/solver, and have written decent scripts in JavaScript and HTML. I also plan to be involved in Chess Club and wrestling at Rockhurst.
  • My goals and plans for the future of my life include trying to get better at writing and learning critical skills in this class including interviewing and meeting deadlines. For the future of my career I would love to go into the field of science as a genetic engineer to better understand genetic diseases.
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