2020-2021 Student Council Representatives Selected
IV Formers Esha Akhtar, Kate Deskey, Gabriel Gaw, Maia Hawkins-Litvin, and Lauren McKinnon were elected to be part of the 2021-2022 Student Council as Diversity, Arts, Athletics, Sustainability, and Community Service Representatives, respectively.
IV Formers Esha Akhtar, Kate Deskey, Gabriel Gaw, Maia Hawkins-Litvin, and Lauren McKinnon were elected to be part of the 2021-2022 Student Council as Diversity, Arts, Athletics, Sustainability, and Community Service Representatives, respectively. They will work alongside IV Formers Vice President of Social Life Caroline Foster, Vice President of Honor and Discipline Sunjay Riener, Vice President of Academics John Weaver, and School President Soleil Saint-Cyr.
Akhtar serves as the co-president of the Diversity Council and the president of the Young Democrats club, and she is also a member of the Muslim Students Organization. During the next year, she hopes to mobilize the Diversity Council and plans to create a New Jersey Area Student Diversity Leadership Conference.
Acknowledging the struggles of spending Spring Term away from Lawrenceville, she said, “It has been hard to think about diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives when we’re not all on campus.” However, Akhtar remains optimistic and believes “the time [she has] spent away from Lawrenceville has really helped [her] envision a lot of the things [she’s] excited and passionate about building next year.”
Deskey is currently the Executive Director of L10 News and Head Editor of SNLville. She has been a choreographer and dancer for the Spring Dance Concert throughout her time at Lawrenceville, and she looks forward to creating more opportunities for Lawrenceville’s artists to show off their talent.
Drawing from her own experience, she has planned initiatives that she believes will bring more attention to the arts at Lawrenceville. She looks to take advantage of resources to possibly extend hours in the Gruss Center for Art and Design and the Kirby Arts Center and to host art events that collaborate with other social or athletic events. She even wants to look into“opening up our performances to the public or even other local high schools to showcase our artists here at the School.”
Gaw has been the Co-Sports Editor for The Lawrence for the past two years and he has been a part of the Boys Varsity Soccer and the Co-Captain of the Boys Junior Varsity Basketball team for the past two years. Gaw hopes to create small competitions to bring different teams together, which he believes is an important thing to do in order to foster a strong system of support between all the different sports teams on campus.