Handing over the USB torch

Six Brahmas were elected to the student government executive team.



Clockwise from top left, juniors Jonathan Song, Lawrence Wang, Gabriel Martinez, Tera Evans, Nathalie Fang and Arella Yang take over the 2019 USB E-Board.

After a week of campaigning on social media and across campus, Diamond Bar High School’s USB announced its new leadership for the upcoming year.

The executive board that will take office next semester includes juniors Jonathan Song as president, Arella Yang as vice president, Nathalie Fang as secretary, Lawrence Wang as finance director, Gabriel Martinez as speaker of the House and Tera Evans as IOC Chairman.

All the E-Board officers are currently in USB, and most were prompted to run due to their experiences in USB this past year. To make their campaigns memorable, the officers advertised across social media. Yang also handed out rubber chickens and scrunchies, while Wang handed out purple stress balls.

“I wanted to be different and original and I haven’t heard of [anyone] passing out stress balls. I was able to get my name out there with the stress balls since many students were playing with them the entire day,” Wang said.

Planning to use his past experience as USB commissioner of the student store and treasurer for National Honor Society, Wang’s main goals as finance director are to ensure all funds are properly accounted for and to prevent USB from falling into any sort of debt by overseeing all student body organization transactions.

Yang said she was determined to run for vice president because she had many ideas she hoped to execute. She plans to introduce online sales of school dance tickets and create more social media platforms for USB that will present information in a cleaner and more concise manner. With the role of vice president, she wants to make elections more public and hopes she will be able to post election statistics through The Bull’s Eye while keeping voters anonymous.

“I have so many great ideas I believe I can implement in the new school year. When I joined USB, I realized how much I actually love leadership and running for vice president [allowed] me to expand my horizons,” Yang said.

Meanwhile, Fang and Evans ran unopposed. One of the reasons that Fang joined USB was to help promote school spirit. As secretary, she hopes to have a bigger impact on students and give them something to look forward to when they come to school.

 “Ever since I joined USB, I really wanted to run for e-board because I wanted to make a change in the school and improve school spirit,” Fang said.

She chose to run for secretary specifically to manage the Pennies for Patients program, which raises money for people with cancer.

“A goal I have is to raise as much money possible for Pennies for Patients and run it as efficiently as possible. Another goal is to improve USB overall and how we conduct rallies and events,” Fang said.