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Fall 2023 SSGA Candidates


Jillian Burchfield - Running for President and Secretary

Hi! I am Jillian Burchfield and I am originally from northern Michigan and I moved to Alaska for college. While in high school I had the honor of being president of SkillsUSA which is a US career and technical student organizationto empower students to become skilled professionals, career-ready leaders and responsible community members. While in this role I had understood the importance of inclusivity and diversity.This opportunity pushes me to run for UAS student president asI believe our differences are what make us special. I'll advocate inclusivity and diversity, making sure every student feels heard and valued, regardless of their background.I believe that UAS has the potential to be more than just a place of learning; it can be a place of growth, empowerment, and unity. It's a place where friendships are forged and experiences are endless.

Kylie Orlando - Running for President, Vice President, and Representative

Hello! My name is Kylie Orlando and I am a senior in high school taking dual-enrollment classes at UAS. When I graduate, I am going to pursue a B.A. in Political Science. My dream in life is to be a congresswoman and, as cheesy as it may sound, to leave the world a better place. As long as I can remember I have been in student government. Whether as the president, the publicity manager, or simply a representative, I have had diverse experience throughout my time involved. I love to spend my time taking steps to change the status quo. Last year, I was involved in AASG (Alaska Association of Student Governments) conferences where I worked to pass and fail resolutions written by other schools. Here, I was also able to write resolutions regarding mental health/safety and inclusivity. Both resolutions passed with flying colors and one of them even won the resolution of the conference award. I also received a delegate of the region award. Also, over summer, I was accepted into a program called Democracy Summer where I got to be a fellow and work alongside Congresswoman Mary Peltola. Here, I gained so much knowledge on the topics of voter registration, democratic ideals, etc. from real politicians (I even got to meet AOC!). It was one of the greatest experiences of my life that I am so proud of. Those are a couple of the qualifications I have to lead this school. Also, just for fun, some things I enjoy/some of my hobbies are singing, DDF (Drama, Debate, and Forensics), playing instruments, listening to Taylor Swift, and drinking Dr. Pepper. Thank you for reading this and please vote Kylie Orlando so we can spark change in this school together.
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Dylan Asaph - Running for President

Dylan Asaph is a student in the Alaska Aquaculture semester at UAS Sitka Campus. He is from Ontario.

Tonya Dumville - Running for Vice President and Public Relations Officer

Hi, my name is Tonya. I am currently living in Michigan. This is my first year and I am studying for Associate of Science, but not my first time attending UAS. I previously completed the nursing assistant program in Sitka. While working in the medical field I was able to help run a medical clinic and communicate between our patients and our providers. If you vote for me, I hope to be that helpful connection between students and faculty. Thank you

Kat Quigley - Running for Vice President

Hello! I’m Kat Quigley, and I am running for the position of Vice President. I am a student in the Aquaculture Semester here at UAS, while also pursuing my degree in Fish and Wildlife at NCSU. I have been involved in several clubs and volunteer organizations that have taught me leadership and community involvement skills, such as Science Olympiad Alumni Association, directing summer camps for Dare County(NC), along with being a part of a sea turtle rescue team. I hope to be able to contribute to making this semester fun and memorable, through planning trips and activities, both in-person and online. Along with helping to plan volunteer opportunities for students to get involved and make a positive change in our community!

Annalise Kindstedt - Running for Treasurer

My name is Annalise Kindstedt, and I'm running for the position of treasurer! I'm looking forward to crunching numbers, filling out paperwork for the sake of fantastic outings/events, and doing the background work that no one really wants to do. Vote for me!

Aspen Monique Knight - Running for Secretary

Hello! My name is Aspen Knight, I am running for secretary for UAS student government. I wanted to be involved in student government because when I lived in Colorado I was in charge of a community outreach program that was run through Jian after school program. I loved being able to be involved in the community and help plan fun gatherings and work in community based programs. We did a lot of fundraising for local schools and teachers, as well as putting on fun events for the kids in our area. I would love to be a part of the student government so I can continue to help plan out events that would benefit both UAS students and the community. Thank you!

Travis Russell - Running for Representative

My name is Travis Russell, I am originally from Michigan but I'm here at UAS to study aquaculture for a semester. I am majoring in Wildlife and fisheries management at Northern Michigan University. In my free time, I love doing anything outdoors including hiking, backpacking, fishing, rock climbing, mountain biking, playing soccer, and playing ultimate frisbee. I thought joining student government would be a great way to meet some new people and have a great time.