The Dickson High School student council recently was named one of eight out of 89 Oklahoma high schools to receive the Gold Chapter award.
“It’s just at a higher standard,” said freshmen council representative Lizzie Stinson. “It shows that we have put in the work.”
DHS has 34 students in its student council with 17 serving as officers, including three representatives per grade. Stinson said being on the council helps her help her school.
Student council “is really good for people who aren’t in sports because you still feel involved with your school and you feel like you have more of a purpose to make your school better,” she said.
Members have sold sno-cones at football games, participated in community service projects and are now collecting Sweet Cases for the month of November.
“I think it makes our school better and it betters ourselves,” freshmen representative Katie Maher said. “It teaches us a great leadership ability and it lets us give back to our school. It’s a lot of fun. We get to not only help other people, but we get to have a lot of fun along the way.”
When children enter foster care, they usually are given two large plastic bags to collect items to take with them. The Sweet Case program provides duffel bags and basic necessities. Each case includes a duffle bag, hygiene kit, blanket, coloring book, crayons and stuffed animal. Donors don’t have to buy these items, but just send a check made out to Dickson Public Schools, where the items will be purchased as a set. Donation letters from the school can be made available.
The goal was 15 cases, and the latest count was up to 20 cases paid for so far, all of which will be delivered to the Carter County Foster Kids organization.
“We do a lot of group stuff to try to get our school closer and make everyone feel like they are part of the school if they don’t belong to a certain group or anything,” freshmen representative Sarah Huhman said. “We’re all as one.”
Sponsored by science teacher Micki Runyan, council members have attended various leadership events, including a summer retreat, Basic Leadership Camp, Advanced Leadership Camp and the Oklahoma Association of Student Councils State Convention.
Maher said the summer retreat was at Deer Creek Lodge and was a team-building event.
“We had a bunch of activities and we planned our activities for the year and that was a lot of fun. We got to spend the night, go swimming, just to get closer,” Maher said.
Council historian Wesley Roden, a sophomore, said Basic Leadership Camp was a weeklong camp in Alba.
“There are many leadership workshops there,” he said. “You make friends and you learn how to be a better leader. Advanced is for seniors who have already gone to Basic. They learn how to become better leaders in themselves rather than a group.”
Members agreed that the recent state convention in Yukon was their favorite experience.
“You learn a lot. When we first got there we had leadership building activities like games, then we have three general sessions throughout the next three days,” Stinson said. “We had six motivational speakers just teaching us leadership skills and how to connect with each other.”
Maher is looking forward to putting the lessons learned into action.
“There are a lot of things that the freshmen have not done yet that I’m really excited about,” she said. “There’s the Christmas party and decorating the doors and Basic, since the freshmen haven’t gone to Basic yet.”