The Voice of Wakefield High School

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The Voice of Wakefield High School

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The Voice of Wakefield High School

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Student council plans for an eventful year

Photo Courtesy of Laura Stiles
The student council, led by Lance Atkinson, is excited to make this year Wakefield’s best and most exciting. They look forward to decorating and planning well into spring!

As school picks back up, activities and events are in full swing at Wakefield High School. The school’s student council has been preparing all summer for the new year with a multitude of events for the student body to enjoy. From something as small as senior sunrise to as big as prom, these activities are being executed in a timely fashion in order to provide the best experience for the student body. 

These big events require careful coordination from all members of the student council. The group meets once a month to organize, brainstorm and make special events in hopes of creating an exciting environment to learn. Sia Bhatia is a senior and the student body president for the school. This year, one of her main focuses for student council is outreach: making sure the entirety of the school is involved in activities. Keeping in touch with peers is part of the job, and ensuring everyone is engaged is one of the most important aspects.

“The big [form of communication] that we do is our Instagram and flyers,” Bhatia said. “But our TikTok is the new way of trying to get more people involved.”

When the council meets, the process of planning events includes bouncing ideas off of each other. Kayla Gicovi, the sophomore class president, enjoys working with her peers to ensure a fun year. 

“For planning events, it is usually severe brain dumping, but we try to centralize and make [ideas] that are similar and put them together,” Gicovi said. “[We also critique the ideas] and check back with an executive board member to see if they like [them].”

The council has been working for several months to plan and organize different activities for the student body to enjoy. Senior class president Cassidy Barwick helped set up the school before students arrived for their first day.

But our TikTok is the new way of trying to get more people involved

— Bhatia

“A week before school, we go in and do bulletin boards,” Barwick said. “I did most of the senior sunrise and freshman orientation [boards].”  

Along with getting the school ready for the first day, the student council also focuses its attention on large events such as prom and homecoming. Not only does the council plan the dance, but they also plan the spirit week leading up to the homecoming game and dance. This week, students can participate in spirit week and enjoy the decorations set up in the hallway. In order to increase school spirit, it is important to get students involved in Wakefield’s community.

Advisor Lance Atkinson has worked for many student council organizations in the past. This year, he has taken on the leadership role and will be working with the council to ensure a safe and eventful year with many activities for students and faculty to participate in. Atkinson hopes to increase student engagement and participation in school events. 

“[We will be] relying more on social media posts [like] TikTok and Instagram to be able to reach [students and] make them aware [of activities],” Atkinson said.

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