Student Council has a Blast at State

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Student Council has a Blast at State

Maria De Asis (11) is joyful after class has finished for the day.  Maria has a big role in Student Council as she is actively participating in it any chance she gets.

Maria De Asis (11) is joyful after class has finished for the day. Maria has a big role in Student Council as she is actively participating in it any chance she gets. "It was really fun... I would recommend joining," said De Asis.

Bibi Solorzano

Maria De Asis (11) is joyful after class has finished for the day. Maria has a big role in Student Council as she is actively participating in it any chance she gets. "It was really fun... I would recommend joining," said De Asis.

Bibi Solorzano

Bibi Solorzano

Maria De Asis (11) is joyful after class has finished for the day. Maria has a big role in Student Council as she is actively participating in it any chance she gets. "It was really fun... I would recommend joining," said De Asis.

Bibi Solorzano

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The top Student Council members from the school, along with Mrs. Gabel as top notch bus driver and supervisor, took a long three-hour journey to the little town of Ada, Oklahoma for three exciting days. In that small town, they learned big leadership skills and how to make school a better place while also having a bit of fun.

On Friday, November 8, the school sent 22 students down to Ada, Oklahoma, for three days for state. It is a large convention for high schools all over Oklahoma. They gathered to come up with new ideas about how to make their student councils better in each school. They did many activities and listened to speakers as they found multiple ways to make students more involved at school and the environment around it better. 

Mrs. Gabel, along with Mr. Oberste, have been in charge of student council for a very long time. This year, Mrs. Gabel took the student to Ada. At state, one does not compete in the moment, rather throughout the year. Mrs. Gabel claims that Bishop Kelley does a lot throughout the year in order to receive an award of any sort.

“We earn a gold chapter award every year to show that the school is one of the top student councils in the state. We do a variety of activities throughout the school year to qualify for that award,” Gabel said. 

Mrs. Gabel believes that state this year was very well organized and that they learned a lot and will be bringing many activities to the school. 

For Maria De Asis (11), state was where she created new friendships and rekindled some old ones as well as experience new ways of making the school a more fun place to be.

“It was really fun; I got to see people I met over the summer and it was just really bonding with all the student council people from Bishop Kelley… My favorite thing was the silent disco. It was so much fun. I thought it was going to be dumb but it ended up being really cool and we’re trying to bring it to BK,”  De Asis said. 

For Tori Payne, a senior who has been in student council over all four years it holds a very special place in her heart. Tori has been to state three years and each year she learns a new thing for the speakers, activities, etc. She talks about how, for her, Student Council is her family and how they all learn and rely one each other in coming together to make their schools a better place. 

“Stuco is ‘Ohana’- everyone is family and no one gets left behind or forgotten. Student Council has become a second family for me… The people I have met are people that I know and trust… My favorite thing at state were Reunions where I got to see people that I haven’t seen in five months….I can learn from their perspectives,” Payne said. 

Student Council State was a place where many people came together to learn how to make their school environments enjoyable for students and how to be leaders. Through many new and rekindled friendships from all over the state, the school learned a lot and plans to incorporate many ideas into the year.