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Virtual learning shakes up Webb’s traditional leadership application process

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Stephen Li (’21)
This year’s leadership applications

Leadership dominates daily life at Webb. From hosting the annual homecoming dance, to Halloween party, to the start-of-year orientation, to cultural celebrations, leadership groups have always been a prominent and vital presence on campus.  

In the past, leadership groupssuch as Student Government, peer advisors, or dorm prefects—began selecting new members at the beginning of second semester, usually around February. Each group had a different yet holistic process, whether it was through written applications, interviews, student votes, or multiple.  

Ever since the COVID-19 outbreak in March of 2020, the Webb community has adapted to virtual learning. As a result, this year, each leadership group modified the usual application process to cater to this virtual learning environment. 

Some leadership groups, such as the Honor Cabinet and the dorm prefects, have kept the majority of the traditional application, adding some changes for the Zoom environment and in the context of the pandemic. 

Luckily, much of the leadership application is essentially the same. However, instead of inperson interviews we have them over zoom and the student vote is conducted through a student wide survey,” said Livia Hughson (‘21), member of the Honor Cabinet. “We provided a question on our application that provided an opportunity for students to articulate how they had been effected by COVID [and] if they felt it was necessary to share something.” 

“This year we had a few changes to the application process. We still kept the same creative introduction but we changed a few of the questions because most applicants haven’t lived in the dorms as much,” said Sharon Xu (‘22), VWS dorm prefect. “We did have a question specifically regarding areas of support for the students because of COVID-19 and virtual learning. We also did not have an interview this year because it would be hard to schedule all the times and coordinate everything.” 

On the other hand, other leadership groups, such the International Student Liaison and the peer advisors, disregarded the traditional application and designed a new one from scratch.  

“This year, ISL completely changed our leadership application process due to the restrictions of virtual learning. Instead of a written application, which we used to required, the ISL application this year include a 2-minute video presentation from each applicant,” said Jonathan Zhang (‘21), co-head of the International Student Liaison. We only received six applications this year, which is significantly less than the number from past few years. In my opinion, the decrease in applications we received is understandable, as the freshmen did not get the full on-campus experience and interactions with the ISLs.” 

This year’s peer advisor application has taken a different form than years prior, as we included a mock fresh seminar class as part of the process,” said Johnathon Maschler (‘21), head peer advisor. “Teaching freshman seminar has become a bit more important for the PAs this year so this was really helpful in evaluating potential applicants.”  

While leadership groups adapted the traditional application process due to the lack of in-person interactions, they still managed to carry out a thorough process, selecting new and fresh perspectives to prepare for the 2021-2022 school year. For all students who submitted application for a leadership position this year, get pumped, and the results will soon be announced! 

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Stephen Li, Chief Editor of Media
Stephen Li (‘21) is the Chief Editor of Media this year for the Webb Canyon Chronicle. He only started photography recreationally four years ago, but this skill has helped him contribute to the WCC through improving the quality of photos, an important yet often overlooked aspect of any publication. As the captain of the varsity football team, it’s no surprise that Stephens favorite spot on campus is the football field. Because of this passion, one of his many goals is to continue playing football in college, as he wants to increase Asian representation in American sports. This year, Stephen wants to increase the impact the Webb Canyon Chronicle has on the community through gaining more readers, and, as a peer advisor, he wants to continue bringing people together especially in the midst of a pandemic. Stephen’s proven talent for rallying the morale of his teammates and peers is a skill that makes him an irreplaceable member of the WCC team. 
Vivien Xi, Chief Copy Editor
Vivien Xi (‘21) is a positive and energetic soul from Shanghai, China. This year, she has taken on the role of Chief Copy Editor for the Webb Canyon Chronicle. She is perfect for the position because she is motivated, responsible, organized, and loves helping others. Over the summer, she interned at multiple financial firms and worked at a restaurant. Vivien’s spirit animal is a bee, because they are always working diligently and socializing with others. Vivien's busy bee work ethic will serve her well working on the WCC team and in her near future, especially since she wants to study economics and media. She enjoys playing tennis, eating sushi, and hanging out with friends and family. She wishes to make a positive impact in life, big or small. Vivien has gained a confident voice from working with the Webb Canyon Chronicle. This year, she plans to use her voice and platform on the WCC to speak out about healthcare systems around the world and how COVID-19 has impacted those systems.   
Cathy Wang, Editor-in-Chief
Cathy Wang (‘22), an international boarding student from Shanghai, returns to Webb this year not only as the Editor-in-Chief for the WCC- but also as a dorm prefect and admissions fellow. She is excited to be back on campus, taking new classes and reconnecting with the Webb community. So far, Cathy’s favorite course that she has taken at Webb has been Advanced Studies Fascism with Ms. Fisher, which she enjoyed because of how the course related to current issues that she cares about, such as education and gender inequality. These are just a few of the topics that Cathy hopes to shed some more light on, both via the WCC and in person. Outside of classes, Cathy enjoys playing badminton and tennis, reading Latin literature or magical realism, and taking occasional trips to the Claremont Village. Additionally, you might also find her sipping her daily coffee or eating any kind of Japanese food. As the world slowly comes back from the pandemic and Webb shifts to in-person learning, Cathy hopes for the WCC to serve as a facilitator for the Webb community in fostering much-needed connections between people. Favorite song: "I Lost A Friend" by Finneas

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