by Hanna Salus ’21 (Loyola House)
Ryan Crowell (De La Salle ‘21) is one of this year’s co-captains for the House System, Trinity’s governing system that emphasizes student leadership. Alongside Jaylin McHugh-Moore (Loyola ‘21), Ryan is the “first person of contact for all the students to bring their ideas or concerns.” He is “a bridge between the students and administration.” This “bridge” has proven to be extremely beneficial to the Trinity community. Students feel they actually have a say in what events are planned. Adopting the House System in place of a student council has opened up countless leadership opportunities, ranging from coordinators in Mentor Group Leaders to School Captains.
Representing the entire student body to parents and the school administration is a tough job on its own, and COVID-19 regulations have deepened these difficulties. Ryan strives to make a COVID-dominated school environment as normal as possible, coming up with new events and reworking old events to fit the safety regulations. He says one of the main struggles this year is planning events perfectly so as to be approved by administrators. Although COVID has created unprecedented challenges, Ryan thoroughly enjoys most aspects of his job. I call it a job because of his extreme dedication to this position, spending countless hours over the summer working with Sister Susan to give the class of 2020 a graduation, organizing book drop-offs, and planning the first few days of school. He was a key part in making sure everything went smoothly. Ryan enjoys the responsibility he’s been given and the role model position he has taken up. He enjoys that the administration trusts and respects him to create fun events for Trinity High School this year.