Student government is a huge part of the high school experience
Story and photos by Jadyn Fisher
High school is said to be the best four years of your life. The dances, the spirit weeks, the pep rallies… but who are the people behind it all? Most schools have a student government (StuGo) that plans events, fundraisers and almost any other school function. DVUSD is no exception to this, with an elaborate StuGo organization at most of their schools. As a freshman at Sandra Day O’Connor High School, I decided to run for a position in the organization, which allowed me to join in as an elective class during my school day. Every day for our 4th hour class, all 34 members (plus two advisors) get together to collaborate and work together to plan and execute events that give back to our school and enhance the high school experience. As the program has grown, we are able to do more and more, such as having a full service merchandise shop run by the students.
Some students outside of the organization may believe it is easy, pointless work, but that is far from the truth. Outside of the class, members are expected to go to at least four events per month, which is a large portion of their grade for the class. For example, the most recent set of events were for homecoming week, which consisted of a parade, a spirit week, a pep rally assembly and the dance. Obviously, it is difficult to get all of that done as a whole, so it is best to divide and conquer. Committees are assigned to each aspect, and we work every day for weeks up to the event to get everything to run smoothly.
Although it is a lot of work, the members all have a dedication and drive that keep them going. The dedication contributes to the success of the event being planned but also forms some great friendships along the way. In no time, StuGo can feel like a second family and can be especially helpful for freshmen. Coming into a brand new school can be scary, and StuGo allows students to be more directly involved in their school. Plus, you meet tons of new students and staff.
Along with the fun comes great responsibility. Students in the class are often seen as the faces of the school and examples for the rest of the students to follow. Good grades and appropriate behavior are a must at all times. On spirit days, members are expected to be dressed out (this is even counted as a grade) with at least two items following the theme, which is intended to encourage other students to do the same.
All in all, student government is a huge part of the high school experience for students, whether they realize it or not. The events they plan and how they execute things have one common goal: bringing the student body together and bringing their voices to light, as well as adding extra flair to events. Student government is a good option for anyone who wants to be more involved in their school and has a passion for leading and planning. Visit your home school website or counselor for more information and specifics on StuGo in your area.
Jadyn Fisher is a freshman at Sandra Day O’Connor High School. She is an active part of her school and community and looks forward to bringing awareness to community education programs.