GatorPress – What’s in a Gold Student Council?

By: Genene Carter

Around campus lately, you may have noticed numerous brightly-colored campaign posters. These posters were made by students running for Student Council, the main leadership organization here at Captain Shreve.

Although it’s too late to run for this year, everyone should try running for Student Council at some point during their high school career. It’s a great hands-on experience, and it helps students get a feel for what’s going on in their school and community.

“I’ve been in Student Council since 8th grade,” Freshman Avery Bryan said. “I ran because I wanted to help with our school.”

You may be aware of our amazing Student Council, which has been named a National Gold Council of Excellence for the past ten years. This is the most prestigious honor a Student Council can earn. Shreve also hosted the Louisiana Association of Student Councils (LASC) last January. The theme was “Once Upon A Time,” and Student Council members from schools all over Louisiana attended. They learned many valuable leadership skills and tactics, and heard some inspiring words from motivational guest speakers.

“My favorite parts of LASC were meeting new people and working hard to be a good leader,” said Avery, who attended LASC as an 8th grader.

One of the best ways that Student Council helps our community is through various fundraisers and events throughout the year. Avery enjoyed participating in these activities last year, like collecting items for a canned food drive.

“I especially enjoyed donating and taking canned food to the children,” she said.

Student Council is set up in a very organized way. There are representatives, senators, and class officers for each grade. If a student runs for senator but does not win, then they are automatically appointed as a Representative. There are also executive officers, which are the main leaders over the entire school. The president this year is Jamarcia Broadway, and he has some wonderful things in store for the school. Student Council is looking forward to a great year.

“I’m excited to be more involved with my school,” Avery said. “I want to try to become a better part of our community.”