By: Josh Hanselman
On September 16, several students attended homecoming, and were able to enjoy a night with football, dancing, and school spirit. These events are not spontaneous done, but planned by concerned students trying to help the school. Those individuals belong to the student council.
The student council serves New Palestine High School by hosting and organizing school events. It’s mission statement reads that it is “for the purpose of leadership and service,” which it shows through various events it leads.
“We primarily plan and create many major school events, and we try to find ways to serve the community” school councilor Long said. She has served the student council as a sponsor for two years.
Student council consists of 24 people, six from each grade level. Members join through campaigning in the council’s annual spring elections, and receiving votes from their peers. Seniors are capable of running for specific upper positions. Once elected, underclassmen assign positions amongst themselves at their first meeting. Meetings are held once or twice a month, and topics on the school are discussed, particularly concern from administration, or even students.
“We always like to hear from kids and teachers to see what they need,” Long said.
Any student wishing to join can run for a position in the spring elections, and join the year afterwards if they find success. Students outside of the council cannot vote on decisions it makes or act within it, but there are ways that they can assist the council.
“We don’t formally recruit volunteers, but we will take any volunteers available for events,” Long said.
The council has planned school dances and fundraisers for years, including the homecoming rave. School spirit week and pep sessions are also hosted through their efforts, contributing daily themes, decoration, and volunteers.
“Not all, but many of our school’s events are planned by student council. At homecoming, we were responsible for things such as ordering flowers, getting the king’s crown, and organizing the rave after the game,” said council president Alex Romoser.
The council also utilizes its position to lead service projects. Over the past few years, it has hosted blood drives at the school in the fall and spring, which students can contribute to. Last year, it held a goodwill drive, collecting clothing for a local youth group.
For the upcoming year, the council intends to continue organizing common school events, and looks for more opportunities to serve the school.
Members have considered refurbishing the senior courtyard this school year, as the courtyard has fallen into disrepair over the years. This fall, members intend to prepare the area for construction, and will clean the grounds, mow and weed, and prepare plots of new flowers. In the spring, members from the council, along with volunteers from other school groups, will mulch and edge plots, and repaint or replace benches. The council would also allow and promote art students to paint murals along the courtyard walls. The project could even be extended to beautify the front of the school as well.
Another goal is to become a “miracle school”, a title held by schools that contribute money to the Riley Children’s Hospital.
“Last year, NPHS was the only school in our district that did not qualify as a miracle school, and we want to change that image,” Romoser said.
To qualify as a miracle school, a minimum of $1000 needs to be contributed to Riley hospital. The council will use several ideas to raise funds. It intends to collaborate with local businesses, including Mama Nita’s and Subway. Sports games could also support the cause, and send profits from tickets and concessions to the hospital. The council has also worked with Riley members to host a fundraising dance.
“It’s a slow process,” Long said, “but eventually we want to do more things for the school, that’s our main priority.”