Bonhoeffer President Announces Student Body President Run
Josiah Simons, a junior, has entered the race for Student Body President as of Wednesday morning. Simons, who is currently the acting President for the House of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, is running his campaign on the values that are most important to him.
“I truly am running because I love King’s,” Simons said late Wednesday night. “I’ve spent the last three years growing in my involvement and I've loved it more and more as I’ve been more involved.”
Simons spoke about the classes he’s taken, the friends he’s made, and the experiences he’s had while a student at The King’s College. His experiences as a student at the college have shaped the way he cares about it.
“I think first and foremost, I love King’s because I love the mission of King’s and I love the mission of King’s because I love God,” he said.
Simons believes that the college has improved him as a person and he wants to be involved in making that happen for other students.
“I want to make this place accept everyone in the way it’s accepted me and be a home for everyone in the way it’s been a home for me,” he said.
Simons has plenty of experience within the King’s community. He has not only been the House of Bonhoeffer’s President, but the Helmsman as well. He’s played on the soccer team for all three years of his enrollment. Last season, he was team captain. He’s also worked for student services.
“As student services rep, I’ve seen and met basically every single student at The King’s College,” Simons said, as he paced back and forth bouncing a basketball. “I’ve gotten a feel for the people that walk through our halls everyday.”
He emphasized the approachability he’s gained because of the Student Services role, and how that’s a very important part of the job of Student Body President.
Something else that’s important to Simons is athletics.
“People find their home and their King’s identity in athletics. I’ve met some really awesome people on the soccer team and they’ve helped me grow,” he said.
Commitment and camaraderie are some things that Simons has gleaned from his time on the team, something that is likely to carry-over to his term should he be elected. Values have an important place in Simon’s life. Things like community, and virtue are things he strives for.
“I want to give back to the school that’s helped me grow in integrity and virtue,” Simons said. “I just want to give all my talents and efforts.”
Simons still needs to be approved by Dean David Leedy to be considered as a candidate.