When Ashleigh Butcher and Max Hooper, both 17, were made school captains of Seymour College for 2018, they said their friends had a laugh that two redheads would soon be ruling the roost.
The two Year 11 students had to win over both teachers and fellow students, with two separate speeches. In a politically savvy move, Max, who initially had his eye on the performing arts captain role, made up different speeches for each audience.
‘‘You can’t be too relaxed with the teachers,’’ he said.
‘‘So with both speeches I made an appeal that broke the ice — I didn’t focus on school values, more just why I want to be school captain.’’
While Ashleigh has more leadership experience than her co-captain, she said Max is well-suited to the job.
‘‘Max isn’t shy, he’s very loud, so I would say he’s extroverted, like myself,’’ she said.
Looking forward to their final year of high school, Ashleigh said the pair already have some ideas for change at Seymour College.
‘‘I hope to have the whole school sing the national anthem at our assemblies, because at the moment it can be awkward just standing there listening to it,’’ she said.
‘‘I would also like to start an environment group — I’m very passionate about the environment, so I’d like to work with the environmental captain and get a club going.’’
Max said he hopes to get a production going, and organise to have the Year 12 valedictory dinner somewhere local, therefore avoiding the commute to Melbourne. Beyond high school, Max said he is thinking of studying engineering.
‘‘I went to the RMIT open day, and I’m looking at advanced mechatronic engineering, which is computerised machines,’’ he said.
‘‘My ideal option would be to get a trade, like fitter and turner, and do uni at the same time.’’
Meanwhile, Ashleigh hopes to be able to continue her passion for the environment at university.
‘‘I’m looking at something environmentally based or people-based, so I would study environmental science and work in that sector, or maybe do a psychology degree and work with people,’’ she said.
‘‘But my dream job, since I was a child, has always been a musician ... so if the sky was the limit I would work at the UN while being a musician.’’