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R.I.S.E. elected as 2022-23 sophomore class presidents

April 25, 2022, 8:29 p.m.

Members of the R.I.S.E. slate — Shreya Ramachandran ’25, Lindsey Holiday ’25, Hasan Ahmad ’25 and Siddharth Sharma ’25 — were elected as 2022-23 sophomore class presidents on Monday, according to the 2022 Associated Students of Stanford University election results.

R.I.S.E. ran against the SPARC slate, which consists of Divya Ganesan ’25, Hlumelo Notshe ’25, Alex Selwyn ’25 and Tobey Solomon ’25. It was a close race between the two slates, with R.I.S.E. garnering 322 votes and SPARC earning 268 — a difference of 54 votes.

“We knew we had a good chance of winning, but SPARC had an amazing slate, so we knew they had a good chance too,” Holiday said. “When we found out that we won, we were all really excited. We can’t wait to get started and make a difference for our class and community.”

Ahmad who was “doing a mundane errand” when he found out the news. 

“It was surreal. It still is,” Ahmad said. “I never would’ve considered even the prospect of running until very recently and I’m extremely grateful to all my friends and especially the R.I.S.E. team for their support.”

As one of the few Pakistani students to have been elected as class president, Ahmad is particularly excited about creating more social events that also fit the needs of international students. 

“Our slate can relate with the issues these gaps bring such as feelings of isolation and confusion, issues that are amplified by our class being the largest in Stanford’s history. We look forward to creating programming that fosters the much-needed community that international students need to call this campus a home away from home.”

The Treehouse ran uncontested and was re-elected to serve as junior class presidents. The re-elected senior class president slate, Tree Huggers, also ran uncontested this year.

This article has been updated to include a comment from the R.I.S.E. slate. The featured photo has also been updated to show a photo of the R.I.S.E. slate tabling at White Plaza.

Carolyn Stein is a Desk Editor for Campus Life and a co-Audience Engagement Editor. She is double majoring in communications and East Asian studies. Her favorite activity is going on unnecessarily long walks. Contact her at news 'at' stanforddaily.com.

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