All responses by from Rachel Bentley, Student Council advisor.
Q: What are the requirements to get into this club?
A: We do not have set requirements anymore–you just have to be a student in good standing. We base the applications with teacher recommendations, including academics, attendance, and grades.
Q: What is your favorite part about this club?
A: I like that it centers around the student body. I do think that the high school experience should be student-focused. In this club we get to constantly see what students want to have happen in the school and it is fun to feel like you’re in the center of it all.
Q: Who should apply?
A: We would love to have a diverse group of students in the student council, so of course, we would want anybody to feel welcome to apply. But, we do want students are also wanting to put on events for the school, willing to be supportive of those events, who are creative, and people who are willing to be leaders; sometimes you do have to help advertise and promote, and that’s easier if you enjoy being in front of a group of people.
Q: What are the advantages of being in this club?
A: I think that an advantage would be developing leadership skills, and a lot of students will go on to participate in other leadership positions. As far as a plus for them, usually getting a cord at graduation is something students tend to be excited about. But they also get to be the center of planning events that they themselves want to participate in, and get to shape their high school experience.
Q: How can students get involved?
A: We open up the applications for sophomores, juniors, and seniors in the spring of each year, and so you fill out the application, get the teacher recommendations submitted, and go through an interview process in order to be selected. We have about 35 positions on council to fill each year, although it is a little more senior-heavy because of our executive council. Freshmen then apply in the fall once they’ve started school, and then they go through the same application process.