Learning leadership


StuCo poses for a picture at Northwest High School for the district conference on Saturday, Feb. 22. Courtesy of Allison Stamey.

During a district conference held at Northwest High School on Saturday, Feb. 22, StuCo won sweepstakes. To obtain this, the organization had to achieve the maximum amount of points, which are calculated by activities done throughout the year. The categories they are judged on range from energy environment to drugs, alcohol, safety and health.

“It feels awesome because we usually win it every year,” senior class president Kayla Rios said. “If we wouldn’t have gotten it, it would have been a disappointment. We worked hard enough to get it again.”

After working as the head of StuCo for more than two decades, adviser Allison Stamey continues to lead students down paths of success. Teaching communication and leadership makes her heart grow, relishing every time StuCo receives sweepstakes.

“I knew we can build good leadership,” Stamey said. “What we’re teaching them is how to be organized, how to lead other students, how to welcome other students and make everyone feel welcome. There’s so many positive traits to being a part of a student leadership program.”

Instant gratification for some students is the best part of the organization. StuCo organizes events throughout the school year, which can get tedious. The students spend their time outside of the class to arrange events to their standards.

“You see results [instantly],” senior parliamentarian Abigail Rickards said. “You see it right then and there, [as well as] who it’s impacting in your certain community.”

As the year reaches closer to its end, StuCo doesn’t slow down on its work. They juggle thinking about the present and the future, teaching the underclassmen so they can continue in their path and achieve this award again next year.

“[I hope] they [become] better than us because that’s what I hope every leader aspires their next generation to be,” Rickards said. “You’re not going to be perfect. You always [have] to rely on your next generation.”