Building bonds and making the 2015-2016 school year one to remember are just some of the goals Wellington High School’s student council has on its agenda.
On Thursday morning, more than 50 students packed into WHS Room 100 for the second time this year to discuss plans for their homecoming dance. The theme for the Oct. 10 soiree is Mardi Gras.
Leading the students for the first time this year is Spanish teacher Roberta McCarty. Before accepting the high school principal position, Tina Drake was the student council advisor.
“I was really excited when the opportunity arose,” said McCarty, who served on student council while in high school and advised a group for two years at a prior school.
Since it’s her first year working with Wellington’s student council, McCarty said she hopes to keep old traditions students hold dear while also incorporating new practices.
“The goal is to get through this year with a smooth transition,” she said.
Junior Sarah Wetherbee is this year’s student council president. Although she’s been involved with the club since seventh grade, this is the first year she’s in a position of power.
“You wouldn’t usually find me in the front of a room talking to students,” Wetherbee said. “Student council has really made me who I am. It’s helped me come out of my shell.”
At her side are vice president Emma Marsh, secretary Krista Denny, and treasurer Erin Shibley. The four girls on Thursday led a discussion about Spirit Week and what the theme for each day before homecoming will be.
Wetherbee said the only difficulty there’s been with planning the homecoming is making sure everyone’s voice is heard.
“I think we’re all just hoping we can come together as a group and get everything we want to get done,” she said. “We just want everyone to get move involved.”
McCarty said homecoming is the group’s top priority right now, but student council will host fundraisers and other fun events throughout the year for holidays such as Sweetest Day, Valentine’s Day, and St. Patrick’s Day.
She also hopes to have a dance in the spring before prom called “morp,” which is meant to be the opposite of prom.
“We’ve got a great, large group of students,” she said. “I think it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
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Secretary Krista Denny counts raised hands at the student council meeting at Wellington High School Thursday morning. The group is working on plans for the school’s Mardi Gras homecoming Oct. 10.