On Thursday April 19, the Olathe Northwest student body voted on the Student Council Officers for the 2012-13 school year. Each candidate had recorded a speech the week before and those speeches, aired during second seminar, allowed ONW students to listen to the ideas and views of each candidate before voting. The outcome of the voting saw Cassie Wang as President, Nick Stauffer as Vice President, Taylor Reiman as Secretary, and Jatiah Holt as Treasurer. All together, the four of them comprise the StuCo officers.
After the officers were established, more details were released regarding StuCo next year and it became clear some big changes were going to be implemented.
“The size of StuCo will decrease,” Jatiah Holt said. “It will move from a more open-numbered general assembly to a limit of five students per class plus officers.”
The purpose of this transition is to make sure the members of Student Council are more dedicated and responsible. The limited number of representatives means each student will be help accountable for the work and responsibilities they must take care of. Decreasing the number of representatives will also increase the efficiency of StuCo as there will be less redundancy, less people doing the same job.
Student Council is heavily involved in both Olathe Northwest and the community as a whole. They coordinate and participate in events such as the semi-annual Blood Drives, Relay for Life, WPA, Mr. Raven, the dodgeball tournament, and most homecoming events. The representatives of StuCo are involved in these events in many different ways. Some will be working with the publicity aspect of StuCo, while others dedicate their attention to a specific event. All students involved will also pick up valuable leadership and management skills.
“StuCo allows one to be involved in the school and have a voice in what goes on,” said Holt, “It teaches leadership skills.”
Apply to be a member of the 2012-13 Student Council by picking up an application from Ms. Toburen or Ms. Ingles. These applications must be turned in by Friday, May 4 to ensure time for interviews and the selection process.