by Sophie Zuckerman ’25
Sophie Zuckerman sat down with Ben Wanderman and discussed some fun facts about him, and his future plans for presidency. Read the fascinating Q&A to find out more!
Q: What made you want to become the student body president?
Ben Wanderman: Going to this school through COVID, there have been a lot of things that have irritated me. There are parts of school that I love, like seeing my friends, my classes, but especially last year, there were a lot of things that I, as a student, wish I could change. For example, school lunch was something that a lot of people complained about, so I thought of ways that the school could change the program to be more enjoyable. This year, when I heard about the election, I realized, ‘wow, I could actually make my ideas a reality.’ In addition to that, when I was choosing what role to run for, the [past] president really piqued my interest because being the highest position, I could oversee everything, and I really enjoy running things. I have run lots of clubs and organizations in the past, and I felt like I could bring that all to Leffell.
Q: If you could be any breakfast food what would it be?
BW: “There are a lot of great breakfast foods but I would probably be a fruit. I think that fruits are very colorful, full of sugars and give energy, and I am a very energetic person who gives energy to people too.”
Q: What is your favorite class here at TLS?
BW: “I like a lot of classes and have had some pretty great ones, but my favorite class is this year’s history class with Mr. Modica. I really love learning about what happened in all the different time periods, like World War 2. I also love learning about other cultures and countries. Usually we only focus on American History, but because of our topics in this class we get to learn about a lot of different countries.”
Q: If you could choose any song to play every time you walked into a room, what song would you choose and why?
BW: “I like a lot of music but I am going to go with In Da Club by 50 Cent. Since it was in the Superbowl Halftime Show, the song has been stuck in my head. It is also a hype song, so when I walk into the room I want to get hyped, you know?”
Q: What are some of your plans for the future of our school?
BW: “First of all, we are really eager to open the lounges, but unfortunately we found out that it will likely not be achieved until the beginning of next year. We are currently trying to make a temporary lounge. Also, we are working to have student ID cards to get you scanned into the building so that you do not have to wait to be buzzed in, because we all know that takes forever. All of that aside, as of right now, we are waiting for committee forms to get in so that the executive board can vote on those. Once we have all those committees set we can really get to business!”