STUDENT REPORT: Introducing the S7 2022 Student Council
“A leader is someone others can look up to and trust to do the right thing, and as a high school student, I believe leaders are an essential part of the high school journey”- Aisha Goertzen.
Seven Summits Centre for Learning promotes student leadership to benefit the entire cohort. As demonstrated by the active 7S student council, leadership is a vital skill for students throughout their lives.
The role of the student council is to give students a peer voice to be heard and understood on a personal level. Bringing student ideas or concerns to the council may facilitate their thoughts into realities. By modelling leadership, other students may be encouraged or inspired to step out of their comfort zones and become leaders as well.
The 7S student council members are a devoted group spanning five grade years of students dedicated to improving the experience of their peers. They are responsible for generating fun ideas and activities. During the lunch break, members meet about once or twice a month to plan, organize, prepare, and follow through with student activities. Members work to ensure any ideas and possibilities are well received within the community.
The past student council president of many terms, Lily Holmes, was looked up to by the younger students. Today’s council also hopes to be great role models. This year, Audry Hall and Kaydance Nowak are the council co-presidents. As co-presidents, they work with the grade representatives Tad Kuhn, Jersey Grafton, Allegra Sanderson, and Alianne Trickett to gain input and ideas. The co-presidents also work with Aisha Goertzen, marketing and public relations, to create posters and relay information to the students through Emma Krajinovic, the council secretary. As the secretary, Krajinovic records the ideas and information from the gatherings.
Nowak says, “We want this to be an entertaining year; we want to see the school grow but include as many ideas and input from the students of 7S.” Therefore, it is essential to the student council that students’ input be considered a priority to produce the best possible response to school activities.
Hall adds, “We especially want input about activities and interests as the student council is for everyone. In the past, activities could have been better attended across the grades if the student’s requests were made known to the council, so come and talk to us and we will make it happen.” The student council also promotes volunteer opportunities in Rossland by contributing and reminding students to do their part. “We want to lead by example and help motivate students; we remind everyone of the volunteer hours you get for participating. We all need at least 25 hours of volunteering, so here is one way to get those mandatory hours,” says Hall.
“I’m on student council because I wanted to spend my time volunteering to do something worthwhile,” says Grafton.
“We have an open mind to all suggestions- but my goal is to make us a bigger part of the community,” continues Nowak. “This year, the student council aims to throw the best events where all ideas and concerns of other students have been accounted for, to be a bigger part of the community, and to be leaders and role models for their fellow students.”
“I joined the student council to promote a more welcoming environment to our school and be able to gather everybody’s ideas to shape ongoing events,” says Krajinovic. Student Council members have participated in Dressember, the Giving Tree, Cam’s Kids Valentine’s Day, and an Earth Day booth in past years.
“I’m excited about what’s to come,” says Sanderson, a Red Mountain Racer from Ontario in Rossland, living her best life for her high school years.