Front row, left to right: Amanda Hogarth, Kristy Burkemper, Gabby Hays, Josie Shanahan, Tanner Bencomo, Allie Smith, Amanda Talbot, Felicia Pruitt, Maggie Spratt, Sam Marre, Sheyana Curtis and Madison Cleveland. Middle row, left to right: Payton Hardsaw-Johnston, Amy Georgie, Sarah Brickey, Logan Shaw, Naomi Gladney, Tara O’Brien, Claire O’Brien, Andres Valencia, Becca Almus, Olivia Brown, Brea Johnson and Rachel Brickey. Back row, left to right: Maura O’Brien, Passion Hunter-Edwards, Anne Heintzelman, Louis Thurman, Adam Sherrow, Ethan Miller, Austin King, Megan Hensley, Tyler Nelson and Mandy Horne. Not pictured: Kimmie Croxville, Alex Henke and Brittany King.
On Sept. 9, the Elsberry High School Student Senate held its first meeting of the year. Plans were discussed for upcoming projects which will serve the student body.
This year each Advisory will be represented by at least one Senator; this will allow student news and issues to be communicated easily throughout the school. Beginning in October, Senators will sponsor the Battle of the Belt and food collection for Operation Backpack, as was done last year. Designated teachers will be asked to participate in the Flash Pass program, honoring students of individual merit and allowing these same lucky students to arrive at lunch early.
New to the organization will be efforts to assist cheerleaders with Spirit Week in February, as well as the Senate’s hosting a once-a-month Red Day to promote school spirit even further. Toward the year’s end, select Senators will present the Safe and Sober program to middle school students.
Most immediate, however, are upcoming elections. Candidates will campaign for any of the three executive positions (President, Vice President and Secretary) during the week of September 23 with speeches being presented on Wednesday, Sept. 25 during lunch hour. The student body at-large will vote for candidates during Advisory on Friday, Sept. 27.
Thirty-eight students completed the necessary petitioning process to become EHS Senators; this is a record number of those who have shown interest in working on behalf of their peers.
“I’m delighted with the sense of commitment that these students have,” said Karin Busiere EHS Senate sponsor. “I think their interest shows how important it is to have an organization where every student is represented and has a voice in the school’s daily routines.”
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