More students answer questions about school government

By: 
A. Marie Hamilton, NLJ Reporter

The Newcastle High School student government is excited to start the school year strong and aims to improve student involvement.

 

The News Letter Journal interviewed several council members about their ambitions this year and beyond. Mostly, student government members say they are eagerly working toward sponsoring this year’s homecoming festivities.

 

What follows is the beginning of an ongoing series of those interviews.

 

This is Part 2 of this series.

 

Andrea Garcia, Newcastle High School senior and class executive vice president

Question: What’s the best part about being involved with the student council? 

Answer: Honestly — the best part of being involved with student council is the opportunities I get to meet new friends from all around the state.  It’s interesting to see what other councils are doing, and I love making new connections with people I never thought I would have.

Question: What are your plans next school year/after graduation? 

Answer: I plan on attending either Black Hills State University or the University of Wyoming. I want to earn a bachelor’s degree in biology to start getting on track to eventually becoming an anesthesiologist. 

Question: What advice would you give future students thinking about joining the student council? 

Answer: I would tell them to do it. Being part of the student council gives you the opportunity to be a part of the greater good.

Question: Anything else you would like to tell the community about your involvement with the student council? 

Answer: I would like to tell everyone that this year is going to be unforgettable.

Question: Any special interests or projects you are eager to work on being a part of the student council? 

Answer: This year I decided to be in charge of the student recognition board, and I am really excited to recognize peers that are doing good things.

 

Casey Matthews, Newcastle High School senior and class executive president

Question: What made you want to run for student council?

Answer: I love Newcastle’s small-town community — I was inspired by my former peers and I thought that I had some life experience from outside of this town that could benefit the student body.

Question: What are you hoping to achieve this year on the student council? 

Answer: “My main goals for this year’s student council is to streamline the little monotonous processes student government goes through and to make it both a stress-free year for the council members, as well as make it a memorable year for the student body.

Question: What’s the best part about being involved with the student council? 

Answer: Arguably, the best part about being involved with the student council is all the connections that you gain from it. Whether it is friends and peers around the whole state or people within Newcastle, you build a reputation by being in the council and gain connections for real life after high school.”

Question: What are your plans next school year/after graduation? 

Answer: My plan after graduation is to go to basic training with the Wyoming Army National Guard, then get my bachelor’s degree at the University of Wyoming while going through ROTC at the college.

Question: What advice would you give future students thinking about joining the student council? 

Answer: If you care or think at all about what happens around your school, then joining the student council allows you to have a critical role in what goes on. Even if you’re bored and want something to do or to be a part of something, joining the council allows you to make crucial connections within your community — and be a part of what goes on where you spend the majority of your year.

Question: Anything else you would like to tell the community about your involvement with the student council? 

Answer: If you have any questions, comments, or concerns on what the council is or should be doing, please reach out and let either a member or adviser know to help us be better.

Question: Any special interests or projects you are eager to work on being a part of the student council? 

Answer: The thing I am most excited for this year is taking part in more pep rallies. By hosting more, I believe it will improve student body participation and school spirit overall.

 

Taylor Crinklaw, Newcastle High School senior and class president

Question: What made you want to run for student council?

Answer: I ran for student council because I wanted to help create a positive and fun environment for students.  I think that in the past students never really knew the reason for student council and just assumed there was no point, but I feel that student council is important because it is the part of our school that is supposed to generate spirit and excitement to go to events in our school.

Question: What are you hoping to achieve this year on the student council? 

Answer: I hope to help increase student involvement and change the face of the student council. Over the course of this year, I hope to get a student council so involved in our school that everyone wants to join. We are doing a lot of reconstruction this year, and I hope to leave behind a legacy that won’t be forgotten for years to come. I hope for this year to be a turning point for Newcastle student council and hope to pave the way for future councils.

Question: What’s the best part about being involved with the student council? 

Answer: “The best part about being in student council is being able to take part in an organization that not only teaches you life skills but also allows you to help other students have a more positive experience.”

Question: What are your plans next school year/after graduation? 

Answer: I plan to attend college at the SCAD Institute in Savannah, Georgia, to study interior design.

Question: What advice would you give future students thinking about joining the student council? 

Answer: If I had to pick one thing it would simply be to just go for it. Joining clubs and groups in your school will no doubt enhance your high school experience and provide you with a skill set that you won’t find anywhere else.  Student council provides you an opportunity to meet and make lifelong connections and allows you to be part of something that affects the lives of all the members of your school and community.”

Question: Anything else you would like to tell the community about your involvement with the student council? 

Answer: This year is going to change the face of Newcastle student council, and we hope you will join the ride!

Question: Any special interests or projects you are eager to work on being a part of the student council? 

Answer: I am super excited to get started on homecoming. This year we plan for it to be the best year yet!”

Karla Wolfe, Newcastle High School senior and class secretary

Question: What made you want to run for student council?

Answer: I wanted to be a part of more in the school and community and wanted to see more changes and be a part of those changes.

Question: What are you hoping to achieve this year on the student council? 

Answer: I hope to make changes in the school environment and make 2023-24 a memorable year for everyone!

Question: What’s the best part about being involved with the student council? 

Answer: Getting to be a part of the decisions that affect everyone for the better.

Question: What are your plans next school year/after graduation? 

Answer: I plan to attend college and follow my career pathway in the medical field.

Question: What advice would you give future students thinking about joining the student council? 

Answer: I would say to go for it. It always feels good to be a part of a community and make things happen!

Question: Anything else you would like to tell the community about your involvement with the student council? 

Answer: I am really excited for everyone to see what we have in store for this year.

Question: Any special interests or projects you are eager to work on being a part of the student council? 

Answer: I am working with Andrea Garcia on the Recognition board. We send out a survey each month, and people write detailed explanations for students and teachers that should be recognized for their excellence!” I am really excited for this because it is a great way to increase student involvement.

 

Look in next week’s News Letter Journal for more from Newcastle High School student government members.

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