Meet the Junior Class President

Nick Wilson | Staff Writer

Q: What are your plans as a president? What do you want to focus on/improve?

A: There are a lot of really exciting things that Macy (Vice President) and I are looking forward to next year. One of those is just raising school spirit in general. We feel as though the student body isn’t fully engaged and excited about the school and the many opportunities that it provides. We are hoping to increase student support at under-attended sporting events as well as club activities in order to accomplish the goal of getting every student involved here at CG in some capacity. Another idea we are really excited about is getting the community involved in school functions. Outside of sporting events themselves, we see a gap in the connection between the school and the community. We love the support clearly seen at sporting events and would like to see that carry over to both club, and administrative events. Our goal is to see our student body actively engage the community in a variety of activities and events, in order to promote school spirit, as well as encourage and strengthen community within the Center Grove area. These are just a couple things me and Macy have been discussing and are looking forward to in this upcoming school year.

Q: Have you started to think about prom? That is the biggest thing Juniors plan  

and take part of.

A: Yes absolutely! Prom is a highly anticipated event for all of us as students here at CG, so we have already been thinking and planning ahead for it. All of our profit from homecoming ticket sales last fall, will go towards renting out the venue for next year’s Prom. We as an officer team have also run coat check at prom the last two years. This has helped us get a feel for the venue as well as observe what changes we might want to make in order to make Prom an enjoyable experience for all students. Through running coat check we have also made some money that will be put back towards paying for Prom as well.

Q: What does your role include?

A: I lead any class meetings we have, as well as meet with fellow officers to discuss any and all StuGo topics and events. At times we may meet with with teachers and administration to discuss upcoming activities or possible ideas for future events. As class president I also try to carry myself in a way that best represents the school.

Meet the Sophomore Class President

Aaron Toland | Staff Writer

Last week, current freshman Sahil Sura was officially elected sophomore class president. As sophomore class president, Sura’s main responsibility will be the planning of the annual homecoming dance.

Q: Why did you decide to run for sophomore class president?

A: “I decided to run for class president because I want to help students with problems and because I want to take input from the students and make them happen in the school.”

Q: Did your sister being senior class president impact your decision to run for sophomore class president?

A:“My sister being senior class president definitely did have an impact on my decision because she told me to try it and that I’d get to make new friends, meet new people and also have a better relationship with my teachers.”

Q: What will your role as sophomore class president be?

A: “As class president, I will be responsible for asking students what ideas they have for Homecoming and combining those ideas to make something greater.”   

Q: What has prepared you for being class president?

A: “A previous leadership position I had was being on the drivetrain sub-team for robotics. This has prepared me for being class president because I had to talk to the mentors about the drivetrain and communicate with my teammates and other teams from around the state. Being in student council and NJHS in middle school helped me become the leader I am today because it made me realize that I could help the school and community in anyway I could.”

Q: What plans do you have for your term as class president?

A: “I have already thought about some specific themes for Homecoming. Other than Homecoming, I do have some plans in mind for my class and maybe even the school if allowed.”

Student government to host annual leadership workshop

Kaia Hunter | News Magazine Editor

StuGo is hosting their annual spring workshop this upcoming Friday, April 26.

“The workshop is a student government event where we invite different schools to learn about their student governments and how they run them, grow as leaders and hear from a speaker that has leadership experience and can teach us how to become a better leaders in our council,” workshop committee chair Madison Gloyeske ‘20 said.

The workshop is a full day commitment where students facilitate a variety of activities.

“At the workshop, we do a few icebreakers with students and break them up into groups [mixed up between schools] where leaders from our school partake in different leadership activities with the students,” Gloyeske said. “Then, [we] have Kevin Wanzer, a nationally renowned speaker do a leadership workshop with the students and teach them about leadership.”

In addition to having a guest speaker, there are a lot of other activities aimed toward leadership skills.

“We have speakers, large group activities and small group activities. All our activities are geared to making people think and work together, so we make sure they are using and growing leadership skills,” committee chair Mahek Agrawal ‘20 said.

This workshop is not only beneficial for students here, but also for students at other schools.

“There are eight schools coming this year: Warren Central, Plainfield, Park Tudor, Pike, Lawrence North, Thomas Carr Howe, Beech Grove and Whiteland,” Gloyeske said.

Students from schools come together to generate ideas and work on improving their programs.

“It’s an event to grow as a leader and make our school better,” committee chair Kristen Garrison ‘20 said. “We host the workshop to get ideas from other schools for our StuGo.”

Overall, the workshop is an opportunity for all involved to become better leaders in their schools.

“We host the workshop for our student government because it allows students in the council to grow as leaders and learn what makes a leader,” Gloyeske said. “It also allows them to network with others in different schools’ councils.”

RSVP committee helps make student related changes to the school

Graham Kanwit | Staff Writer

Tuesday and Thursday during STaR, the RSVP committee of STUGO will meet with students around the building to hear their opinions on what needs to be changed about the school. The goal of RSVP is to raise student voices and participation and let the administration know what students like and dislike about the school.

“We basically go around to every STaR class and see if there are any issues students really want to improve,” junior Athulya Nair, co-chair of RSVP, said.

Much like the U.S. government’s legislative process, this group works through a multiple-step process to convert student concerns into school policy changes or equipment purchases.

“The first time we come in we want to get an idea of potential changes,” Nair said. “Then these changes go to admin and they decide if they can fix it. The second summit is the top 3-4 changes approved by admin, and then we’ll come back a third time to announce the changes admin agreed to.”

Although the organization has gone through this process for several years, each year has brought new changes to the system. Previously, different leaders would visit a different STaR class to hear each individual concern and write them on a large sheet of paper to sort out the most suggested improvement ideas.

Because seniors will not be here next year, they have to fill out a Google form to express what they would want to change in the future.

Through this process, RSVP has been able to make changes to our school that students may not even be aware of.

“We got black leggings legalized,” Nair said. “We added microwaves, stripes in the hallway, and reducing parking pass prices.”

Students will participate in the first summit this week; the next summit will be in the spring.

STUGO hosts annual fall workshop

Emily Hobson | Staff Writer

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On Friday, STUGO members participated in a leadership workshop during the school day, which gave the students information on leadership and prepared them for the year ahead.

“[The workshop] really benefits students by teaching them leadership and communication skills,” STUGO sponsor Lindy Scott said. “This is really preparing us for the next big workshop coming up.”

While the workshop helped STUGO prepare for the one in the spring, it also taught the members leadership skills that will help them for the rest of the year in their classes and their lives.

“Some of the things we are working on in here are that leaders are leading different leadership activities. Not everybody knows each other, so they got separated into different groups with people they may not know,” junior Kristen Garrison said.

For students to become comfortable with leadership outside of their friend group was an important experience during the seminar. It prepared students for leadership, and for some students, it was personal.

“I saw how others did [the workshop] and my sister did it when she went here, so I wanted to carry on the tradition,” junior workshop organizer Madison Gloyeske said.

Although the workshop was just a trial run, it helped the club prepare for the bigger workshop that involves other schools in the MIC.

“We are going to be doing these same activities in the bigger workshop coming up, so it is preparing them ahead of time on what to expect,” STUGO sponsor Jessica Goodman said. “This workshop is meant to prepare them to be leaders throughout the regular school day, not just workshops.