By: Anushka Agarwal (Grade 10)
Photos by: Deborah Jin (Grade 12)
Sitting down with our school captains: Tess Blake and Evan Daynard
Pictured: Evan Daynard and Tess Blake dressed up as each other
Tess Blake and Evan Daynard are exactly what you would picture when you hear the words “School Captains.” With their polished nametags, frighteningly positive attitudes, and perfectly manicured strands of hair, they are the pinnacle of school pride. While some would apply for this prestigious role out of power-seeking ambition alone, Blake and Daynard had more honourable motives: “I wanted to be seen as someone who other people could turn to and I thought that WPGA has done so much for me and that it was my time to give back to the community,” Blake said when I asked her why she applied. And while many of us envision tuxedos, limousines, and radically expensive pasta dishes when we think of the life of a school captain, it turns out the duties are a lot more mundane. In the words of Daynard, “[prefects] are in charge of running our own councils, delegating tasks, running meetings, passing things by admin, giving speeches, and representing the student body in terms of admin decisions.” A bureaucratic but important role for sure!
Unsurprisingly, the captains also enthusiastically promote most school policies. Before attacking the interview, I asked readers of the Wolfington Post what they thought the most controversial aspects of school life were, and the response of the captains was rational and diplomatic. I firstly brought up the widely-held view that prefect ties are an elitist status symbol; however, Blake said it was preferable to Crofton’s sashes, while Daynard pointed out that Saint George’s has even more tie varieties. On the topic of the school response to the rise in e-cigarettes, Captain Blake said that “the school is doing everything they can [to stop vaping].”
When asked about uniforms, the captains said they “don’t get much of a say” and “haven’t brought it up.” As for Blazer Thursday, Blake pointed out that “Blazer Thursday is for prospective students to see well-dressed students” and made an apt comparison to Hoodie Friday. And lastly, Daynard described the upper gym as “better than we thought it would be,” while Tess said she enjoyed the view during morning P.E. classes.
Following this, our interview moved to other intriguing topics. Interestingly, both captains named earthquake drills as their favourite drill. Daynard’s reasoning was simple: “You get to go home!” Blake, on the other hand, was more creative, saying that the under-the-desk maneuvering of earthquake drills offer “a new perspective on the classroom.” Much to my chagrin, the two expressed their distaste for fire drills, citing the unpleasantness of having to go outdoors.
During the interview, the captains also revealed their investigative aptitude. They were posed a hypothetical scenario in which one of the prefects is secretly a Slovakian spy, and invented multiple viable solutions. Their initial suspect, John Chang, would face a rigorous set of trials, involving testing his recognition of Slovakian music, food, and language. Rapid-fire questioning of John in English with a Slovakian question inserted into the middle could also yield results, by Daynard’s thinking. If all else fails, Blake noted that Josh Lorincz’s much-reputed hacking skills could be employed.
Other fun facts about the captains that I couldn’t integrate into this article but are still interesting:
- Blake’s favourite movies include Love Actually, Love Rosie, Diehard, Mission Impossible: 6, and The Art of Racing in the Rain while Daynard enjoyed Marley and Me, which is about a dog dying
- According to Alison, Blake would like to have a lettuce-only diet
- Daynard’s greatest regret is quitting piano at the ripe age of 10
- The prefects, disappointingly, do not have a secret handshake or secret bathroom like in Harry Potter, but they do have a lively group chat
- Daynard was the winner of our heated Wolfington Post tournament of adapted Balderdash