The Student Council President of the Class of 2026 Shares her Plans.
By Abigail Cho
Freshman Hanna Hong has exciting ideas in store for the Class of 2026. Recently elected President, she has already started to work on serving the class. Homecoming had a lot going on behind the scenes, and the Student Council stepped up to this task even when they were new to the position.
“It’s not [super] overwhelming, but I am getting … a lot of responsibility already because for homecoming we [had] to prepare a lot…but I’m very excited to be Class President,” Hong (9) said. “I think it’s a good way to learn and get motivated.”
One important issue that drove her to run was SSL hours. In Montgomery County Public Schools, at least 75 community service hours are required to graduate. However, it can be hard to find service projects for some students.
“I heard so many people saying that they don’t have that many SSL hours,” Hong (9) said. “My goal is to make more SSL opportunities.”
Although all students share the same community service requirements, freshmen need the most support since they have the least experience. The students all came from different middle schools and had to adjust to the environment and challenges of high school.
“I definitely got to know more people that weren’t from my middle school,” Hong (9) said. “My idea was [to] maybe bring us all together for a fun bingo night…and then we can all just have a good time together and get to know each other.”
This class has a lot of enjoyable activities up ahead, planned by an eager student leadership team. Hanna Hong has several goals to make this year unforgettable. She shared her way of staying strong through the campaign process, which can be applicable advice for any student.
“Many friends of mine …helped me,” Hong (9) said, “I just kept on pushing through.”
Yield: 40 shells/20 Macarons
Prep Time: 2 hours (Not including rest time)
Bake time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours (Including rest time)
Sources that were used for this recipe:
This recipe is by: Cindy Bagheri
For Macaron Shells:
¾ cup almond flour or almond meal
1 ¾ cup powdered sugar
3 room temperature egg whites*
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
For the Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting
1 stick room temperature butter
1 ½ cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup of homemade or store bought caramel (see below for recipe)
For Homemade Caramel
½ cup water
1 ¼ cup granulated sugar
⅛ teaspoon salt
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Steps for the Macaron Shells:
* The egg whites are best when cool so that they whip easier. It’s suggested that you leave it for about 2-3 hours out of the fridge and cool to room temperature.
* If you roughly mix in the almond flour and powdered sugar, it will create a thicker batter, which will make it easier to pipe,
*The syrup will still be hot for a while, so let it cool completely before adding to the frosting, or else your frosting will get runny. If the caramel doesn't thicken up, it means the syrup did not get hot enough, so just pour it back into the pot and simmer, knocking back bubbles.