Student Council commended for effort to improve school culture


photo or infographic by Jason Clark

TANNENBAUM OF TRASH. Hand placing bottles donated by students, junior Addison Lyons and senior Charissa Miles-Aybar build the base of a christmas tree, an idea forged by the Energy and Environment co-cher.

The goal of the student council is to create a better school environment with the help of students, but while the school is being improved, so is student council’s image statewide. With each successful community service, recycling, or patriotic project that a committee comes up with, points toward state recognition are attained.

Student council reached their goal when the State of Texas Association of Student Councils awarded them for their effort to prove Wildkats mean business with a plaque for each committee.

“We submit everything that we do throughout the year to the State of Texas Association of Student Councils,” student council sponsor Amber Brumlow said. “We got recognition because we went above and beyond the required hours we were supposed to have. Hopefully earning this affirmation will help promote student council, and show Wildkats what we do to improve the school.”

SLAY. Strategically placing sticky notes to form the word slay, junior Savannah Moore helps create a mural for positive post-it day, sponsored by the DASH committee. (photo or infographic by Stone Chapman)

Every student council member plays a part in achieving success, but the president oversees all of it.

“Since I’m president I wasn’t assigned to a specific committee,”  student council president senior Kolby Sebastian said.  “But I’ve spent the school year overlooking all of them and making sure everyone was on track, and they all worked together well enough to be state recognized. Each of our committees got recognized for all of the hard work every individual put in. We reached the number of points that we were aiming for and then some.”

Every committee has a central focus, some are more challenging than others.

“Energy and environment committee was difficult to get points for because It can be hard to show the work you put in,” student council officer senior Peyton Sewell said. “To combat that I came up with recycling projects like our water bottle Christmas tree and trash pickups on Saturdays. Eventually, we got all the points we needed and were awarded a plaque congratulating us for our effort.”

Students walking past the trophy case to see these plaques might be motivated to become a part of the program, and that’s something that helps the student council grow.

“I want to encourage Wildkats to join student council,” Brumlow said. “Showing them that we are ready to hit the ground running when school starts and doing as many projects as possible will do that, and forge a high school students are proud to attend.”