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Unspoken responsibilities of a day student prefect

Olivia Cooke
Jialu Chen (‘24) serves one of her several prefect library duties by sorting and putting student-borrowed library books back into their original spots on the shelves. While this task may seem simple to some, looking through Fawcett’s numerous shelves for the books’ perfect place proves to be a very tedious task.

It is the first day of the new school year, and students flood into the Stockdale Community Center at lunch. You hear a booming voice fill the room and you look up to see a student saying hello to all the new freshmen into the space. At first you wonder what kind of student goes out their way to welcome freshmen, but you later find out that that student was a day student prefect.  

The position of a prefect embodies leadership, responsibility, and service. It requires a leader who can be a guiding force, as well as someone who upholds the school’s values and represents the voices and needs of fellow day students. 

Jialu and Kevin Wang (‘24), as head prefects, will be giving the Webb Canyon Chronicle an inside look into the daily life of a day student prefect.  

The rumors surrounding the DSPs at Webb have always remained consistent, that of it being the easiest leadership position.  

“Many students assume that we hardly do anything in comparison to other leadership groups,” Jialu said. “But I feel like that’s because we do a lot of work behind the scenes that they don’t really see.” 

In reality, the DSPs work hard to keep social spaces like the Stockdale Center and Fawcett Library functional. During every evening lab or lunch period, a DSP will be stationed either in the library or Stockdale center, monitoring student life, helping students with questions, or helping their shift advisor with tasks around the community space.  

While both Kevin and Jialu said their favorite part of being a prefect was planning events, they do admit that even planning socials can be difficult. Often working through complications and last-minute changes in plans, the DSPs make sure that students in attendance of their planned events have a great time regardless of the roadblocks the prefects encountered.  

“There are a lot of things that could go wrong when setting up for events, for example with the fall social the weather was very unpredictable, so it was challenging, but it all worked out in the end.” Jialu said. 

Last but certainly not least, day student prefects work to bridge the gap between the boarding and day student communities. As demonstrated through the Fall Social, their collaboration with the dorm prefects encourages a united space for students. The DSPs encourages upcoming upperclassmen to join the team this year to maintain and make an impact in the Webb community. And they promise that students will find that their responsibility also comes with an important reward, fun!  

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Olivia Cooke
Olivia Cooke, Co-Editor of Culture and Lifetyle
Exemplifying a vibrant spirit, Olivia Cooke (‘24) enthusiastically indulges her multifaceted interests. With a soccer ball at her feet and a tennis racket in her hand, Olivia's passion for sports is unmistakable, whether she showcases her skills on the soccer field, the Webb soccer team, or the JV tennis court. Beyond the athletic arena, Olivia shines through her commitment to community service, driven by her mission to spread happiness and positivity. Olivia's passion for the thrill and chill extends beyond her love for Halloween movies and Stephen King's horror novels. This fascination can be seen in her love for crime documentaries, which provide her with insights into the legal system. Last year, Olivia joined the Webb debate team, showcasing her dedication to pursuing a career in law while combining her passion for horror and crime with her newfound interest in debate. As she lives with passion and a zest for exploration, Webb Canyon Chronicle provides her with a platform to express her voice and enrich the community with her dynamic perspectives.   Favorite song: Running with the Devil - Van Halen
Troy Seanoa
Troy Seanoa, Chief of Sports
If Troy Seanoa (‘24) got the chance to go on vacation at this moment, he would escape to Hawaii to soak up the sun. His laid-back attitude, mixed with a willingness to try something new, are what distinguish him as a friend and a journalist. When Troy is not on vacation, he shines on Faculty Field as a senior football team captain with years of rugby football experience under his belt. After the games are over, he can be found eating At Chili’s with friends, hanging out at his grandparents’ house, or relaxing on Sundays. Like an ocean breeze, Troy goes with the flow in any situation. Whether it is daily activities with his friends, exploring a vacation spot or catching up with his grandparents, Troy will always find enjoyment in whatever he decides to do. As a journalist, Troy channels his easygoing vibe in his articles, spanning a variety of sections ranging from sports to features. For the future, Troy wants to maximize productivity during the publication cycle to maximize relaxation on vacation. Favorite Song: "I'm Geekin" by DDG

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