Read more to learn about the transition of ASB Presidents from Carson Robles serving from 2020-2021 to Dylan Abernathy taking control from 2021-2022!
As the year comes to a close, the LCC Associated Student Body election time rolls around. In the elections, students vote for next year’s ASB Executive Board, which includes ASB President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Class presidents. Recently, the student body elected incoming ASB president, Dylan Abernathy to step into the shoes left behind by 2020-21 president, Carson Robles.
Current President, Senior Carson Robles, has been dedicating his time to ASB for two years now. After only a year in the program, Robles decided he wanted to run for president in order to give his all to bettering the campus.
“The reason I wanted to be ASB president is because I have a lot of energy and school spirit towards LCC and I wanted to make sure that every student here wants to be, and is proud to be, and loves to be a Maverick,” said Robles.
Despite the circumstances this last year and the lack of in person activities initiated by LCC, Robles has worked his hardest to accomplish his goals, supporting students.
“One of my major goals is trying to expand our outreach as an ASB class; the blanket that we have over our campus and as far as reaching out to those groups who are underrepresented and also reaching out to our new incoming classes and making sure they are welcome into the Maverick family,” said Robles.
The Associated Student Body faced a plethora of challenges this year with the Coronavirus stunting many of its typical behaviors. Robles commented on the biggest challenges faced by the group as a whole during the pandemic.
“The biggest thing is ASB is really an on campus class. You’re in class everyday, you’re building a team, you’re building the classroom morale up and you’re at school, planning events here, getting students involved in things on campus. The hardest part is being able to transition how the class has been for years and trying to make that into a virtual format, having to scrap any ideas that we’ve had in the past years and kind of start on a fresh slate. Of the things we did in person, following the guidelines and working with our administrators to figure out things that we were able to accomplish in a safe manner has been the hardest as well. I’d say we did a great job this year considering the cards we were dealt,” said Robles.
During his time in ASB, Robles has accomplished many things, but some stand out more than others in his mind. Thinking back on his time spent as LCC and the projects he’s worked on as part of our student body, he recalled his most memorable experiences.
“One of my greatest accomplishments in ASB has been being able to work with various clubs we have here and coordinate activities for our special education students; that’s been one of my main focuses here during my time at LCC and I’ve been able to use a lot of resources with the help of our ASB class to plan more events like that and get those students more involved,” said Robles.
As a senior, Robles will soon be graduating and passing his legacy onto the next ASB president, Dylan Abernathy. He left her with a few words of advice to ensure her success following this unusual year.
“Next year is a fresh start. I think that as an ASB class, we’ll be able to do a lot more things that look like a normal school year. I think the most important thing is making [freshmen and sophomore] grades, that have barely had any time on our campus, feel welcome. We need to build community again here at LCC, because that’s what we need right now and it’s definitely something we’re gonna need next year,” said Robles.
Abernathy agrees that every class on campus needs to reconnect and that events orchestrated by ASB will need to focus on supporting all students at LCC.
“I want to make sure that they have as many events as possible to feel supported. Whether that be ice cream socials where they can get to know each other or free events or music out in the quad. Having those little things that can connect all different people and get them to understand the environment at LCC and be involved in the school community,” said Abernathy.
Abernathy has participated in ASB since her sophomore year, immediately feeling a connection to the community at LCC and wishing to encourage its growth as much as possible. These strong feelings toward her school and peers drove her to run for president of the student body. Now that she has officially won the election, Abernathy is beginning to plan out her goals for next year.
“I think my biggest goal is reconnecting the campus after this past year. I know it’s been hard on a lot of students and we've been very disconnected with online learning and not all being together, so my biggest goal would be connection and bringing back past events while meeting guidelines as things start to open up. I want to bring back the things that make LCC so great,” said Abernathy.
This next year is Abernathy’s last chance to influence the LCC community and leave her mark on the school she’s grown to love so much. By the time she graduates, she hopes to have created a legacy for students to embrace.
“I just want to do good for this school. I want to make sure that everyone feels connected and feels like they have a safe place on campus. I hope to create a bond between the people at LCC,” said Abernathy.
Taking hold of the reigns after the wild stallion of a year, 2020, will not be easy, but Abernathy is excited to take on the task and rebuild the community lost as a result of the global pandemic.
“I want to listen to student voices and hear what they want to see happen in this next year that would make them feel better and more a part of our community,” said Abernathy.
On a personal level, Abernathy has equally important goals she would like to accomplish.
“I want to reestablish a best pals program and work with clubs more to get everyone, theatre and sports, involved with each other. This would create an interconnectedness within our community, hopefully leading to kinder, more understanding people,” said Abernathy.
Written by Dylan Baurle