By Maggie McManis
Many high school students harbor dreams — some of them pretty realistic — of becoming professional musicians, sports stars or community activists.
And Davis High School has seen its share of alumni go on to such success.
But how many students have had a realistic shot at becoming president?
Some say DHS sophomore Sydney Maguire does.
“Ever since I was little,” she said, “I wanted to be president. (But) now I am thinking that I should be a presidential campaign manager.”
Fellow students, as well as teachers, think she has it in her, praising both her leadership and her personality.
“I was impressed by the confidence with which she carries herself,” said current ASB Student Activities leader Eric Morgan. “She was friendly, made great eye contact, and spoke with tremendous energy and enthusiasm.”
Maguire has participated in school leadership since the seventh grade at Holmes Junior High.
Her path from Holmes to Davis High has been full of planning fundraisers, dances, school events and spirit days. Now in the student government class at Davis High, she’s been in charge of a fundraiser that sent care packages to soldiers oversees, can frequently be seen hanging up posters in the halls, cheering on the Mr. Blue Devil competition and more.
If that’s not enough, she also participates in the California Association of Student Leaders, which brings students from all over the state together for state conferences aimed at equipping and empowering students to effect positive change on their campuses.
Morgan noted that some of the events held on the Davis High campus were inspired by CASL, “and some of the ideas we’ve seen (at the conference) we’ve incorporated into different parts of our existing events.”
Maguire participated in CASL during seventh grade and was elected northern director of the CASL board the following year.
Her job requires that she attend four board meetings each year to help plan two big conferences and produce ideas on what to focus on each year. She has since been elected head of the committee and will organize upcoming meetings.
This year, CASL focused on “Once Upon A CASL: Know the Story, Know the Person,” which spreads awareness about the need to learn about and reach out to students who travel “under the radar” during their school years.
“The reminders, importance of and strategies for catching those ‘invisible’ students who slip through the cracks are in large part due to this organization,” said Morgan, who credited Maguire with bringing the effort to Davis.
Maguire said she was ecstatic to implement the ideas and concepts that she has learned through the years at CASL into the environment at Davis High.
And she has many more ideas for making the school a better place.
“In the next few years, I really want to improve the relationships between the different grades,” Maguire said, adding that there seems to be a divide between the sophomores, juniors and seniors are the school.
“The way the grades are separated is very awkward because there is not much communication between the classes. Juniors and seniors seem to be tight-knit and the sophomores are left in the dust, so I think that eliminating that social block in a fun way is something that will better DHS.”
Sounds like someone determined to make a difference in her world.
Someone who just might realize that presidential dream some day.
— Maggie McManis is a student at Da Vinci Charter Academy.