Being the officer in charge of the MSCB’s (Marist School Coordinating Body) records and ensuring that they are always available to students. Here’s what your secretarial candidates have to say about how they plan to fulfill their vital position as MSCB Secretary if elected.

1st Question: How can you make sure that your platforms will serve and reflect the needs of Maristas today?

Kenneth Canque (AKMA):

You listen, contemplate and act on it, that’s the best way that we can serve and reflect the needs of the students. Most of the time people might think that being in a position of service is all paperwork and meetings, but in actuality, it’s primarily listening, defending and arguing. It’s important that we, as the representatives of the students, truly portray the interests of the people. We must fight for it and have a passionate drive for it in order to truly serve and reflect the needs of the students. We need to put themselves first, before ours, because at the end of the day, we, the servants of the students, must fight for what is the greater good for all. It’s also important that we create good dialogue with those who voted for us and those who didn’t. We must serve not only for those who elected us, but also those who thought otherwise. Public service isn’t always about proving a point, it’s being able to create an inclusive environment that is healthy for everyone.

Ken Santos (ADLAW):

I always believed in the power of empathy and response, especially when it comes to leadership. In connection with my platforms about mental health, putting ourselves in the shoes of others is needed to understand where they are coming from and this is exactly what I’ll do to make sure that my platforms will serve and reflect the needs of Maristas in today’s time. Simply put, I am a Marista and I am about to serve fellow Marists. I understand how a Marista thinks and handles situations when put under pressure. That alone is enough reason for me to make sure that I can provide what is needed and what is asked of from a student leader. Empathy is one thing but knowing the right response towards a problem is another.


2nd Question: If elected, how will you ensure a constant presence among your schoolmates in an online setup?

Kenneth Canque (AKMA):

One of the benefits of an online set up is the quick and mass access to many of our students via social media or the Google Workspace. We can all have group chats, Discord servers and rooms that allow us to connect with one another without having to go through the hassle of physically communicating with them. I’ve always been an advocate for healthy and working communication; so as a candidate for Secretary, I think it’s really important that throughout our time as SC officers, we should find ways in order to connect better with the people we represent, may it be through chat or call. It also must be said that we must be able to keep track of our communication with them. By doing so, we can keep concern or task trackers that help not only our Council Members, but also the students. This is one way to practice transparency with our students, and its important that they are given updates, considering how we are doing a lot of decisive work with regards to the students and the school.

Ken Santos (ADLAW):

If elected, I can ensure a constant presence among my schoolmates through my platforms. Though some people might find my plans of action cliché, these are ideas that I’ve spent time on to make sure that it sparks a change. We have always been exposed to issues around us but not the ones within our reach. If there is a discussion, may it be verbal or even non-verbal specifically in the online setup, Maristas would be able to freely express themselves without the fear of getting judged behind the screen. Rest assured that with or without this run for candidacy, I am always open to help those in need and to make my presence felt in the community. What more if I work with my fellow candidates to address student concerns?


3rd Question: What message could you extend to the Marist senior high school community in order for them to trust you as their leader?

Kenneth Canque (AKMA):

I don’t really expect them to trust me immediately, new faces entail new judgements and it’s completely up to us the candidates to make a mark that will last for the years to come. It must be said though that how we start it out, completely depends on what we’ve done for the community in the past years. I’ve been a part of the Marist community for almost 13 years, and through that I have certainly been through many things. Coming from a somewhat average background in terms of both academics and being social, I have seen many things, heard countless stories, felt numerous emotions and it has been a rollercoaster ride through it all. One thing I could say though,is that throughout all of these things, I have managed to grasp what it’s like to be in many perspectives from Marist. From being known well, to being picked on, these experiences are something that only come once in a blue moon. Because of this, I could definitely say that the Senior High School community can trust me. I might not always know what it’s like to be in their shoes, but I can certainly say that I can empathize with them, that I can be there to say that I know what it feels and approach their problems with an open mind, regardless of what it may be. I have always had a passion for helping other people, some of them known, many of them not, some of them grand, many of them simple, but regardless of what it entails or whatever comes of it, I have always wanted to help people and be as unconditional as I can be

Ken Santos (ADLAW):

To the Marist senior high school community, I would first like to express my gratitude for allowing me to take upon this big opportunity. I know that these are hard times and with the situations that we are currently facing, it is hard to trust people that we barely know to take the responsibility of being a leader. But through this, I hope that you would allow me to serve and that we put aside our personal differences to work on the common problems that we all encounter. Through working together, you would know me more and my positive intentions for running. I put immense trust in myself to take the risk since not everyone believes in what I can offer, but I hope that you would trust me to start the change. With that being said, let us all vote for who we feel is deserving and may the best candidate win.

Now that you’ve seen how they will maintain a presence among students in an online setting, ensure the efficacy of their respective platforms, and who to trust as MSCB Secretary, you can make an informed decision. May it assist you in choosing the best candidate; Marista, vote carefully!



Interview conducted by Matthew Perez

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