Courtney Hatch, our newly elected ASB president, took the time to share with The Equestrian what Costa Mesa High School means to her, and what it takes to lead an entire student body.
Going into the election, Hatch "felt really nervous" since Eddy Villegas, her opponent, exuded so much confidence. But after her victory, Hatch said "I felt so happy, and relieved. It was very stressful for me."
Villegas, on the other hand, went into the election feeling, "excited and positive". Although feeling discouraged after his loss, Villegas still made a show of good sportsmanship by saying, “I know that if I could choose anyone from ASB, it would be her."
Like any other year, the students of CMHS are excited to see changes brought about by the newly elected officials of ASB. Although vague promises were made in the speeches of many, Hatch gave the scoop on her plans on changing things around Mesa. Some of her goals are to get more people involved with the school and create class unity from class events. She plans on doing this by publicizing dances more effectively, conduct more polls and surveys, and having more creative class events.
Aside from having red-hot tiger blood coursing through her veins, Hatch discusses her various strengths as a leader: "I'm really responsible, a strong leader…dedicated not only to ASB [but Drama and Cheer], and I follow through with my plans." As with any leader, Hatch admits to her weaknesses: "Procrastination is a big one…laziness, too, sometimes. And I stress out a lot."
When asked about the impact of her popularity on the election, Hatch also admits that it was a factor to her win, but not the determining one. A much bigger factor was her love for CMHS. When asked why she wanted to run, Hatch replied by simply saying "I wanted to do it. I love [Costa Mesa High School], I'm always there!"
So there you have it, Mesa. It doesn't only take dedication to be the leader of a school, but a strong passion for it as well. Courtney Hatch, not only has both, but much more.