Commissioner of School and Community

Ben Fogel

1. What motivated you to run for the Commissioner of School and Community?
    For the entirety of my high school career, I have been involved with numerous fundraisers, blood drives, and other charity organizations. The prospect of using my abilities to help those less fortunate than me is especially appealing, hence I chose to run for a position that is centralized around this primary idea. I feel that in this position I am allowed the opportunity to think both creatively and critically during the actual organizations of school-wide activities. In addition to this, I am also interested in the more “subtle” nature of the office, as I would prefer to positively affect my school without becoming a center focus of it.

2. School and Community is one of the more behind-the-scenes commission positions. Have you ever done any service without recognition or thanks? Do you think you would be able to?
    As it so happens, I am all too comfortable with the concept of working without recognition or gratitude. Most notably, in the form of my musical career. Since the age of 7, I have been accommodated to being the least recognized member of the ensemble. In addition to my musical endeavors, I have participated in several charity organizations in which I never even meet those who I make the contributions to, such as those in the Chilo Foundation (a DTLA - based organization dedicated to feeding the homeless).


Ines Yang

1. What motivated you to run for the Commissioner of School and Community?
    I am running for School and Community because of my passion for serving my community. Ever since I moved here in eighth grade, I’ve learned to love the culture, like going to Farmer’s Market on Thursdays and volunteering at the Moon Festival. Because of the warm and inviting environment of SPHS, I want to give back to my community and school. I am currently the President of the Red Cross Club, and some things that I am working on right now is getting a grant approval to provide free pads and tampons in the nurse’s office and a Measles and Rubella Fundraiser. Through this position, I would be able to improve upon the activities that I am currently facilitating, and on a much larger scale. 

2. School and Community is one of the more behind-the-scenes commission positions. Have you ever done any service without recognition or thanks? Do you think you would be able to?
    I have done my fair share of community service, and I actually really love volunteering. One of the things that I have enjoyed most about service work is the connections I’ve made with people I have directly helped. During one event called “Sound the Alarm” where we installed free smoke alarms, I was able to meet and educate families on fire and earthquake safety. Seeing the appreciation on their faces made me motivated to work harder to install more smoke alarms with my team. Even though I might not receive gratitude for the work I do as commissioner, knowing that I am helping someone through my actions is good enough. 

3. What connections to the South Pasadena community can you capitalize on to maximize the effect of your events (drives, etc.)?
    In addition to being the Red Cross President, I also work with the South Pasadena Chinese American Club (SPCC), which raises cultural awareness in our community. For drives during the school year, I can partner with SPCC to create an event that can both raise money for a humanitarian cause as well as awareness for different cultures. I am also part of the American Red Cross Executive Board for the Pasadena region, which also coordinates blood drives, fundraisers, and teaches training events for youth, so I am already familiar with coordinating blood drives!