Cardigan Mountain School offers its students myriad opportunities to develop leadership skills in class and in sports, as well as in other extracurricular activities. These opportunities include Senior Leadership, the School Senate, and the Jobs Program.
Each spring, elections are held to elect the senior leaders for the following year. Based on student and faculty votes, those boys who receive the highest leadership ranking have the opportunity to run for school leader. Candidates need to demonstrate the ability to work independently and to balance academic commitments with other school responsibilities. The following week, candidates for school leader give brief speeches in support of their candidacy, and the school community votes to determine the winner.
After the school leader has been named, the faculty meets to select the assistant school leader, various job foremen, the Green Key leader, job supervisors, chaplain’s assistants, and floor leaders. These selections are announced at the Investiture Ceremony in mid-May.
The newly elected (rising) senior leaders are encouraged to remain a few days longer on campus to participate in the Rising Community Initiative. They also meet with faculty advisors to the Senior Leadership Program to begin their leadership orientation.
Also, the graduating seniors elect marshals and ushers from the eighth-grade class, who are also expected to participate in Commencement.
The School Senate reviews policies that affect students’ lives. Although the senate is an advisory body, there are times when their ideas help determine operating policies. The School Senate is made up of the school leader, the assistant school leader, the class president from each grade level, the elected senators from each grade level, a faculty advisor, and the dean of student life. Four additional members are elected from within the Senior Leadership group.
Four Class officers--president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer--are selected by each class. Candidates nominated for class president prepare speeches to be delivered to their classmates prior to voting. Other class officers are nominated and elected following the election of the class president. Class officers chair class meetings held periodically throughout the year. Students are encouraged to develop class unity through a wide variety of functions. Dress-down days, pizza sales, on and off-campus activities, social events, and competitions are some of the programs class officers have successfully organized over the years.