Non-CGIers may not know that during period 2 on the third floor, a CGI student body of around 250 debate domestic and foreign issues, plan community events through various departments, and operate under their own government and constitution. This Tuesday, CGI will begin the process of electing a new President and Vice President for the 2012 – 2013 school year, kicking off the campaigns with the first round of debates. To help inform you, The Bull has given each presidential candidate (there are currently four Facebook officiated) an equal opportunity to answer questions about themselves and their candidacy.
Our last, but not least presidential candidate is Justin Murphy, class of 2013.
Tell The Bull a little bit about yourself. My name is Justin R. Murphy and I am 16 years old. As a little kid I lived all over the world: Warsaw, Poland; Sandton, South Africa; Orinda, California; and Montclair, New Jersey.
Why are you running for CGI President? I am running for CGI President because I have a passion for government and politics and love the Institute. As President I think I could accomplish a lot.
Why did you join CGI? I joined CGI because I have an interest in government and politics and that is exactly what CGI is.
What contributions have you made to CGI in the past two years? This year I spearheaded the Bathroom clean up pledge and worked on the Health Symposium. I helped my older brother deliver canned donations to Tony’s Soup Kitchen to help the homeless. During sophomore year I helped plan Earth Day and made the weekly environment fact announcement.
If elected, what would be your objectives? What you be your #1 priority? I have a very large agenda that I think will help bring the body together. My number one priority is to make CGI more productive and efficient. One way I will achieve this is with a new student mentoring system. I will keep an open door policy to make sure that I am in touch with the body at all times and am aware of any concerns. I want to be as accessible as possible.
What clubs are you active in? I am in the National Honors Society and Friends of Mills club.
Do you play any sports? I am a rower for Montclair High School. Last year I went to England with the crew team, had an undefeated freshman year, and won all golds and two silvers last year.
What do you do in your free time? I am a very busy person between school, my sport, and other extra-curricular activities, but in my free time I enjoy reading, spending time with friends, playing video games, writing CGI Bills, and hanging out with my family.
What is your favorite book, movie and food? My favorite book is The Eagle and the Cross by R.J. Pineiro. My favorite movie is Alien vs. Predator (2004). My favorite food is my mom’s Chicken Parm.
What is your #1 pet peeve? My number one pet peeve is when everyone can’t get along.
What do you like best about MHS? My favorite thing about Montclair High School is the mixture of all ethnics groups, religions, sexual orientations, and economic status. The diverse student body has prepared me for the real world. I especially like how everyone in CGI is tolerant of each other and makes for a very comfortable learning environment.