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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
Cami Mondeaux is a senior communication major with a minor in sociology. Passionate about journalism, Cami has worked in the field for three years – completing internships at KSL NewsRadio, KUER 90.1 NPR Utah and The Washington Diplomat in Washington, D.C. She now covers breaking news for KSL NewsRadio with a focus on the 2020 election. Cami is excited to bring her skills to The Forum for her second year as editor-in-chief.

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