by Ethan Brown ’17
Dozens of Andover’s most enthusiastic uppers gathered in Lower Right of Commons to audition to be a Blue Key Head this past week. In an effort to find the most qualified students to be the faces of the student body, current Blue Key Heads ask the aspiring uppers to demonstrate their leadership and maturity by singing random songs and refilling the current Blue Key Heads’ beverages.
“As I was standing on my chair singing Ave Maria at the top of my lungs,” explained Russell Olson ‘16, “I realized what the qualities of a true campus leader are. The ability to hit the high notes in this classic opera piece is undeniably correlated with the ability to lead a group of freshmen through an orientation activity.”
Kerry Oki, a two-year upper from North Carolina, felt similarly enlightened by the audition experience. “After being asked to give my best impression of Patrick Star winning an Oscar,” she said, “I finally understood the importance of being able to pretend to be others. Especially when you’re going after a leadership position.”
After observing the ingenious methods of identifying the most able leaders of the class, Dean of Students Paul Murphy decided that he wanted to expand these auditioning tactics to other leadership positions as well. In an email to the student body (copied to faculty and staff), he wrote, “I would like to see the skills demonstrated by these aspiring Blue Key Heads reflected in the entire Andover community. Dorm representatives should all be required to sing a few verses from Mary Poppins, and we simply cannot have DC Reps who cannot cover themselves in facepaint and serenade a fellow student. Furthermore, I expect every potential Social Functions rep to submit videotapes of themselves performing as many push-ups as their little arms can handle. A student who cannot perform at least 20 push-ups is obviously unfit for any sort of leadership role here.”