Payson High School student government’s recent reflections on the success of Homecoming Week yielded congratulatory disbelief that they organized a dance on budget and earned an overall profit.
“Any time we come out in the black, it’s a good thing,” Shelly Camp, student government’s sponsor, said.
Royalty crowns traditionally cost the most, but Camp ferreted out a good deal.
Participation in Spirit Week events increased throughout the week. On Tuesday, only 99 students faked an injury. But by Friday, 464 students wore purple and gold.
“Everybody wears purple and gold on Friday,” said Kyle DeVoe.
“Not everybody,” said Camp, reminding students that 800 attend PHS.
Next, students discussed possible designs for a T-shirt promoting safe driving for teens. In keeping with technology’s infiltration of pop culture, an image of a cell phone with “tnk B4 u drv” splayed across the screen was proposed. Student council discussed whether or not the “B” should be capitalized.
“Text lingo has its own grammar,” Camp assured students. Indeed, several councilors confirmed the motto’s accuracy.
DeVoe wondered if the council was going to sell the shirts.
“It’s not a fund-raiser thing,” Camp said. The project is for service learning, which provides a service, and not a profit. Think corporate citizenship, she added.
“Sure,” DeVoe responded.
This year’s student council features several changes. First, Camp said the program’s philosophical focus has expanded from the campus to the community. Camp wants to teach civic responsibility, and named the teen driving safety program, for which there is a grant, as an example.
In November, student council will join drama students to personalize homelessness, with students sitting in boxes, cars or tents on campus in between classes.
Also, student council now meets as a club instead of as a class. The idea, Camp said, was to increase access for students unable to fit the class into their schedules.
Camp arranged a Tuesday morning meeting time to avoid conflicts with the typical student councilor’s busy schedule — those students who also play sports or belong to other clubs.
Of course, other students cannot make it to school by 7:30 in the morning, and Camp said she also holds lunchtime meetings to meet those students’ needs.
When asked what they enjoyed about student council, students first offered candid jovialities.
“It looks good on your resume,” DeVoe quipped.
“You get to be in charge of everything that goes on in the school,” said Aman Sharma. Camp intervened, admonishing her students that their words would go in the newspaper. The future leaders polished their candor.
“It’s nice to be able to provide things for the school and the community,” said Kelsie Owen.