Central student council members sharpen leadership skills

03/20/2014 12:30 PM

03/20/2014 12:31 PM

Keller Central High School Student Council recently hosted about 700 students and sponsors for the spring conference of the District 3 Texas Association of Student Councils.

Central students worked hard for the last four months to prepare for the event, held March 1 at the school, said Eric So, a Central junior and student body treasurer.

“The most challenging thing is you have 600 to 700 people coming to your school, and they expect something amazing,” So said.

District 3 covers the Dallas-Fort Worth area and surrounding areas (16 counties total). The current adviser for District 3 is Katie Keyes, Keller High teacher and student council sponsor.

A number of Central council members stayed at school all night on Friday to prepare for the conference. Students were responsible for obtaining speakers, setting a budget, collecting payments, decorating the school, making up information packets and arranging for lunch.

Lianna Gantz, Central student council sponsor, said “What I found most interesting was these kids were from all over, Sherman, Ennis, Mesquite. I enjoyed seeing them work together and help each other. Whether your school is 2A or 5A, you have a lot in common.”

The main activity at the conference is exchanging ideas.

Central junior Claudia Cheung said that she enjoyed hearing what other councils do to boost school spirit. One idea from Central that garnered a lot of interest from other schools was a Valentine’s Day event. Girls wear paper hearts and give them to winsome guys who “steal their hearts.” The guy with the most hearts per grade wins a prize, Cheung said.

Gantz said, “The benefits to our students are to see all these schools, develop pride in their abilities and take responsibility.”

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