By Zachary Rhine
News and Feature Editor
On Saturday January 9, a group of eighth, ninth, and tenth graders dressed up as doctors and mathematicians to give a presentation that would earn Red Lion an honor the school hadn’t received since 1993.
Student Councils are a long running tradition in schools across the nation, where a group of students band together to perform tasks for their peers and the betterment of their school.
Recently, Red Lion’s very own student council’s efforts have won them the right to hold the Pennsylvania State Student Council Conference at Red Lion in November 2017.
At the 2015 State Student Council Conference Mrs. Jane Dennish, English teacher and Red Lion’s Student Council Adviser for the past ten years, was asked if Red Lion would be interested in holding the conference.
“I approached the kids after we got back from the state conference,” Dennish said. “We had a big discussion about it, and it was a unanimous vote that they wanted to go through with it.”
But that was only the first step, because next the students had to come up with a twenty minute presentation that Dennish described as, “almost like the Olympics, where you bid for your site to host the conference.”
The students had to figure out details such as hotel facilities and organizationally how the conference would play out. They then had to present everything, along with their chosen theme, to the PASC (Pennsylvania Association of Student Councils) board in the allotted twenty minutes.
The theme that Student Council chose was “Every problem has a solution.” They enlisted the help of freshman Chance Riddel to help design a gif, an animated picture, used during their presentation that spelled out their theme.
Red Lion went up against North Penn High School and was declared the winners, earning them the honor of hosting the conference.
Now the group has to decide on a president that will not only be the president of the conference, but also attend the National Student Council Conference and represent Pennsylvania on a national scale.
Dennish stressed the fact that the conference isn’t just a win for student council, but a win for the entire school. She already has plans to incorporate other organizations such as the cheerleaders, the band, FFA, National Honor Society, and more into the events.
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