Student Council is a key component to the functioning of Honesdale High School, bringing together student leaders and the hardest workers of the student body.
The philosophy of Student Council is “that it is an organization of students who hold the common interest of serving as the driving forces in upholding and increasing school spirit, helping their fellow students and allowing members a chance to develop and use leadership skills in both the school and community.”
It is the fact that students engage each other in these skill-sets that establish the fundamental groundwork that is “student” government.
There are faculty that are involved; however, they take minor roles.
By being completely run by students, Student Council teaches various lessons in time management, leadership and efficiency.
In the high school alone, Student Council is very influential teaching all students about our system of government through the election process.
Run by the Social Studies Department and Student Council, the elections in school emulate elections run at the federal level.
By familiarizing students with election, ti makes them more comfortable with the election process and encourages them to vote once they are 18.
Furthermore, those students that are elected as class representatives develop leadership skill associated with the elected officials in our community.
They take responsibility for voicing their constituents opinion and ideas, as well as informing fellow students about current endeavors within Student Council.
They also join committees that interest them and work with other representatives to brainstorm and form plans on actions the committee will take.
These responsibilities parallel that of members in Congress and provide a cultivating learning experience for these elected students.
The largest project that Students Council takes on every year is coordinating and running Spirit Week in the school.
This is the largest event for the school because it involves the entirety of Honesdale High School: whether they are athletic, artistic, musically talented, mechanically adept, a culinary master or highly intelligent, every student has a part in spirit week.
Although it is called spirit week, all of the events actually take place over the course of the year, culminating in the final week of competition in February and requires a dedicated amount of work to pull off.
From the counting of students at sports events, coordinating a design for the class poster and supervising the competitions, Council members take on all certain roles to help out.
The event start with powder puff, where the traditional gender roles are switched, while the girls play, the boys become cheerleaders.
The last week of spirit week is full of wacky dress-up events and a final all-day competition between classes, with the winners being announced at the talent show.
It has always been very successful and an amazing time for everyone in the school.
Spirit Week is a vast undertaking, requiring a tremendous amount of fundraising, for which Student Council coordinates and runs.
These fundraisers don't just help student council, but also make a creative atmosphere for the students.
One such fundraiser is data match. During the school year, students fill out a sheet with their interests and general questions on it.
From this, students are matched up with the people they best fit with and then the results are put on sale for the students to buy.
In the month of March, Student Council runs a carnation sale, each represents a different emotion: love, secret admirer or friendship.
These are fun ways for students to help raise money and it is all run by Student Council.
An even bigger fundraiser is the concession stand at football games, which provides plenty of the funding of the year.
With extra money from fundraising, Student Council was also able to purchase a marquee for the school, which sit out at the entrance to the circle and provides information on upcoming events at school.
Of course, this is also kept up to date by Student Council members.
Student Council not only works with high students, but also with incoming freshman through orientations and a Freshman Tailgate.
Every year, 8th graders from the Wayne Highlands Middle School, Damascus Area School and Preston Area School come to the high school to experience the atmosphere.
They see various classes, from tech. ed., cooking, the arts, drafting, chorus and band, family sciences, and their regular sciences, math, English and social students.
They are led by Student Council members throughout the school to see these different classes and also meet the administration.
Getting hands-on help from high schools, they learn tips and tricks for making it in the high school.
This allows 8th graders to become a little more comfortable with their upcoming year and be prepared with how they will be challenged.
The Freshman Tailgate is held a few days before the start of school.
Students are provided with their locker combination, as well as a refresher to their orientation.
It also a chance for the freshman from different schools to get to know each other, for there is food provided and they can hang out to get to know each other after the tour is over.
Student Council also helps with the Book Fair in the Lakeside Elementary School, so they are able to meet even the young kids and this also begins to brach into the community.
Apart from Spirit Week, a new major event, The Oh-What-Fun Holiday Celebration, was introduced in December.
With the help of the National Honor Society and the Interact Club, Student Council provided members of the community with a holiday dinner, a gift raffle and a large food basket.
Although this required weeks of planning and hard work, all involved performed excellently and the night went off without a hitch.
Being such a success, Student Council is looking to make this event a staple of every school year.
As a whole, Student Council helps all of the school system, from fundraiser to coordinating games. It also helps provide for those that are less fortunate in our community, teaching student values and ideals.
It also helps to build leadership skills and shape members into more mature and confident adults.