Senior prefects and senior advisors named for 2020-2021 school year


Throughout the past couple of weeks, students and faculty have been voting on senior advisors and senior prefects. Although 60 kids applied, only 22 were able to land a prefect or advisor position. 

In terms of senior prefects, Dean of Students William Gilyard is in charge of the voting and application process. He explained the application process in years past and how it has come to be what it is today. “About four years ago, the kids would write essays, and everyone was invited to read all of the essays, and the voting would come out by name,” he said. “The problem was that nobody was really reading them and the students needed to be honored in a different way.” 

Although no drastic changes were made to the voting process, it differs from what it was four years ago. “Kids write their essays and I put them in a pdf without their names, and they vote on the sayings that move them,” he said. “There is also a vote by name.” 

Knowing he wouldn’t be part of the KO community next year, Mr. Gilyard shared that this was a bittersweet process for him. “Knowing that I won’t get to work with them is sad,” he said. He also added that he was disappointed that he wouldn’t get to do the things he looked forward to doing with this year’s prefect group. “I didn’t know this was the situation that was going to happen,” he said. “The things I would typically do with them in the spring shifted.”

I also talked with Upper Prep Form Dean Allison O’Donnell, who is in charge of senior advisors to see if the process has changed due to the coronavirus. According to her, the process hasn’t really changed at all. “Applicants wrote their statements of intent and turned them into me, and then I handed them into advisors,” she said.

There is only a slight difference between the process of picking senior advisors and senior prefects. According to Ms. O’Donnell, the Middle School doesn’t separate the voting into males and females whereas the prefects are divided equally by gender. There are also fewer senior advisors than prefects. “It is a significantly smaller group,” Ms. O’Donnell said. “There are only 10 senior advisors.” 

Both Ms. O’Donnell and Mr. Gilyard are optimistic about next year’s prefects and advisors. With the way things are going, staying online is certainly a possibility. With that being said, the role of the senior advisor and prefects would not change. The role of the senior prefects and advisors would be just as involved if online school occurs next year. “We know how challenging it can be to build community through a screen,” Mr. Gilyard said. “The connection and the need to reach out will be even more important than ever.” 

Congratulations to the following students: 

Senior Prefects:

Evan Bygrave ’21

Matt Bzowyckyj ’21

Margo Dowgiewicz ’21

Sloan Duvall ‘ 21 (HEAD PREFECT)

Bella Herz ‘ 21

Jane Liang ‘ 21

Christina Lu ’21

Henry Mandell ’21

Drini Puka ’21

Snehaa Ram ‘ 21

Jacob Schwartz ’21

Sam Smith ‘ 21

Senior Advisors: 

Evan Banning ’21

Cici Chagnon ’21

Michal DeMio ’21

Kyle Frankel ’21

Riley Gravel ’21

Emma Henry ’21

Henry Krieble ’21

Sadie Margolis ’21

Ava Radmanovich ’21

Sydney Smith ’21