Stupendous Student Council
Pads, tampons, and student activism defined an eventful previous year; and hoping to piggyback off of that momentum, this year’s officers plan to further the student engagement that captivated so many last year and continue to strengthen Packer.
Archie Caride (‘19), Sacha Sloan (‘19), and Noelle Parks (‘19), this year’s new president, vice president and secretary, respectively, have set their sights on a year full of “fun events and school dances, but also more serious things that could possibly impact our school for years to come,” Archie explained.
Student Council has set many new goals this year in order to expand on last year’s success, including publicizing the work being done by the group.
“One of the complaints last year with student council was that kids in the grades would not know what was going on,” Archie said. “We wanted to bring a lot of the things that were going on behind the scenes to the forefront.” While many iterations of the Student Council have pledged to do this, this year’s council is committed to being open and public with the Student Council about what they are doing with progress reports to be presented in Chapel’s throughout the year.
One way that Student Council will be taking initiative to find out what changes students want to see is through the use of surveys that have been sent out to the entirety of the student body.
“We want to hear what the student body has to say, which is why we sent out the survey asking what everyone wants to see,” said council representative Leila Narisetti (‘20). “We would like to be more organized and be more student oriented,” Leila added.
There are also plenty of events for students to get excited about, which will serve as a way to connect students from different grades.
“We want to do a lot of the things that we did last year, like Sundae Funday and the Halloween dance,” said Leila. When asked about possible new events, Leila mentioned that “a lot of people have been saying that they want a more formal dance, where it’s not informal like the Halloween Dance. Not everyone gets to go to prom, so possibly some form of a prom for the rest of the school.”
The Student Council representatives are all very eager to make a difference in the community this year, particularly the underclassmen.
“This is my first year on Student Council. I really wanted to be a part of this to make changes and to represent the community as a whole,” said Georgia Groome (‘21).
Georgia, as well as the other two sophomore representatives, feel like they have the ability to share their voices, despite being younger members of the Student Council.
“After the camping trip we all really bonded, and this year we are a very tight knit group. We are all willing to listen, all willing to share ideas, and all willing to work with each other,” said Abraham Rothstein (‘21).
The surveys sent out to the student body will dictate much of what is to come for the Student Council, which is working to become more representative of the entire student body. Their willingness to listen to all members of the Packer community bodes well, with an exciting year ahead for everyone to look forward to.