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4 first-year students vie for 2 open seats on ASW Senate

ASW Senate will hold its first-year elections this week, with the ballot opening 8 a.m. Tuesday and closing at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Four first-year students will appear on the ballot to fill two seats on the Senate board.

Only first-year students at Westminster College will be able to vote in the election, casting their votes on Canvas during the allotted time.

The first-year election was initially scheduled to be held Sept. 17-18 — however, there weren’t enough candidates on the ballot at the time, according to Chief Justice Chris Ooley.

This election will fill two of the nine vacant seats in ASW Senate — leaving seven open for the board to elect.

Read on to learn more about the students running for Senate.

Henry Pernichele

  • Hometown: Salt Lake City
  • Major: Economics with a minor in data science
  • Extracurricular activities: History Society, Honors College

“I love to cycle, play board games and go on hikes with my friends and family. I am excited to say this is my first entry in student government and I hope that my excitement can be reflected in the changes I make on campus to better the life of students at this awesome college.”

Mikey O’Hearn

  • Hometown: Spring Lake, New Jersey
  • Major: Communication with a minor in outdoor education and leadership
  • Extracurricular activities: Loves to spend time at the Health, Wellness and Activity Center (HWAC)

“I am a ski racer on the Paralympic circuit, and I love the outdoors! I am super outgoing, social, and lively. I love to hangout with my friends having so much fun!

I am passionate for social justice, awareness, and movements as I strive to make change. I am empowered and would love to leave my impact.”

Gus Edwards

  • Hometown: Yarmouth, Maine
  • Major: Outdoor education and leadership
  • Extracurricular activities: Climbing at HWAC

“Some of my favorite things to do are hanging with friends, listening to music, climbing, whitewater kayaking and just enjoying nature. I am running for senator because I want to be more involved with Westminster and I want to help be a voice for my fellow first years.

In high school, I spent four years on the senate and I loved it. Two other things that make me happy are dogs and carrots.”

Adia Estes

  • From rural Utah
  • Undeclared major

“I was a part of my high school’s student government for two years, as class secretary. I love listening to people’s passions and creating spaces for those passions to be celebrated. I would love to be a part of the ASW senate!”


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Cami Mondeaux is a senior communication major with a minor in sociology. She’s worked in journalism for three years completing several internships in radio as well as a print internship stationed in Washington, D.C. Now, Cami works as a reporter and digital content producer for KSL NewsRadio covering breaking news and local government. When she doesn’t have her nose stuck in the headlines, Cami enjoys listening to podcasts, drinking iced coffee and continuing her quest to find the tastiest burrito in Salt Lake City.

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