Feature: Amoroso and Senigaglia Take on Leadership
The leadership of Leadership has changed this year with Mr. Amoroso and Mr. Senigaglia taking over the two classes this year. Both Amoroso and Senigaglia decided to take on these Leadership classes in addition to their old ones with the hope to help benefit the school and the community.
Amoroso stated, “The main reason I became a activities director teacher was to try to inspire and create more school spirit.”
Senigaglia reflected, “When I found out that Mr. Amoroso was [teaching Leadership] as well I had to join into the fun. But all jokes aside I heard that they wanted to change the program and I wanted to be part of that change.” Senigaglia enthusiastically continued, “I think that Leadership should be one of the main programs at M-A and if we can get the kids excited about it that would be great.”
With the help of the Leadership students, Amoroso and Senigaglia hope to transform the program by creating lunchtime activities including live concerts, games of tug-of-war, and water balloon tosses. “I’d like to do lunchtime events as many days as possible and in as many places as possible. I want the kids who eat lunch in the G wing to feel as much as part of the M-A community as the kids who eat in the Green or the PAC,” said Senigaglia.
Amoroso and Senigaglia hope to get the teachers as excited as the students. The Leadership classes are planning staff get-togethers and BBQs as well. All of the large pre-existing events (such as dances) at M-A will remain the same.
Amoroso and Senigaglia have embraced the challenges of being new to the Leadership program. Their greatest challenge is increasing school spirit at M-A. “How do you get people to care, to want to participate?” asked Senigaglia. He believes that by making the activities fun and interesting he will be able to change the way kids feel about the M-A spirit.
“It is an especially daunting task [to get the freshmen involved]” Amoroso admitted. With the help of senior Xochi Silva, he hopes to create more events just for freshmen. “[Xochi] is our freshmen transition coordinator…she will be in charge of the freshmen transition committee. This will allow me to spend time focusing on other events and issues around campus.”
If the Welcome Back Dance (which is mostly freshmen oriented) and the Homecoming Dance go well, the hope is to bring back Winter Formal and the Sadie Hawkins Dance. “Once again we have signed on and signed off for the Hiler aviation museum this year, so we will have Homecoming there. In the near future we hope to find a different venue for Homecoming,” stated Amoroso. “Yes the tickets for the small dances will be sold at the door,” added Senigaglia. As for the Prom Masquerade Ball the rumors are not true; due to security risks the administration has not allowed students to wear masks.
With the help of seniors Wesley Arrington and Valeria Nava, Amoroso and Senigaglia have increased the student store’s inventory. “The store is awesome right now! We have rice crispy treats, we have granola bars, we have Gatorades, there is a vast array of things!” Amoroso exclaimed. Compared to previous years the store has shown improvements; the students are selling M-A gear all year round to help the Booster, who are in charge of the money for the sports teams.
Leadership is also in charge of the annual canned food drive; the class will start the drive a week earlier this year in hopes of raising more cans and in turn feeding more people. “Sports teams are always well to to help…last year Katie Wilson, an M-A lacrosse player was one of the hardest workers at the drive. I hope that this year we can get more people like Katie,” expressed Amoroso.
With the second week of school coming to a close, Amoroso and Senigaglia have realized what a challenge it will be to run this program. In hopes of someday making leadership a legacy Senigaglia said “I’m just excited to be part of this program, it’s the birth of something new!”