When James Wells first asked Brock Frazer to talk with him about forming Summit in early 2016, he agreed, but only on the conditions of getting a beer at Brothers Bar & Grill.

Fast-forward one year later, and members of the Student Government Association executive branch staff were leading their successors, OPTiC, in taking the oath of office at inauguration Wednesday.

Tearful goodbyes and awards for outstanding members filled the ceremony that included a special award for “dedication, service and steadfast leadership” presented to a non-SGA member: Interim President Terry King.

The members of next year's SGA executive branch are:

  • President Greg Carbó
  • Vice president Katy Volikas
  • President pro-tempore Zoe Taylor
  • Secretary Lizzie Ford
  • Treasurer Kaia Thompson 

“I have a lot of confidence in this institution because of the quality of the student body, especially the leadership of the student body,” King said. “Leadership is not always fun. It’s not always easy. But it’s always important.”

And even though former SGA President pro-tempore Bailey Loughlin remembers debating whether to invest in pencils or pens in her first years as a senator, she also sees the impact student government has on campus, referencing resolutions like gender-inclusive housing and an addition about bias incident reporting to future syllabi.

While addressing the inaugural crowd, Loughlin said she estimated this to be the busiest and most productive year she has seen, with over half of Summit’s numerous platform points completed.

Wells credited this year’s success to the hard work of SGA members and the bond between members of the executive branch.

“When Summit took office, I rejected the notion that SGA is ineffective and does little to benefit the students. And this year, we have disproved that statement,” Wells said, holding back tears. “You guys have been the best team I’ve ever been a part of, and I’m grateful that you said yes.”

Looking ahead to next year, President Greg Carbó said he wants to make students’ voices even louder through SGA.