Student Council takes on Great Falls

By 
Harli Bond And Hannah Lackman
Thursday, December 15, 2022
Student Council members Alex Hughes, Alyssa Arneson, Shae Goeke, and Tazsia Brester took a photo with one of the keynote speakers at the Student Council convention. Courtesy photo

Student Council members Alex Hughes, Alyssa Arneson, Shae Goeke, and Tazsia Brester took a photo with one of the keynote speakers at the Student Council convention. Courtesy photo

After not being able to attend the State convection for Student Council for almost 2 years due to the pandemic, schools from all over the state were able to have a chance to attend.

“We left on the 6th and got back on the 9th; it was a 3 day conference,” said Lori Hodges the Student Council co-advisor.

“There were approximately 470 students from across the state; it was huge.” Two advisors and 17 students from Laurel High School went. This year, the convention was held in Great Falls. Every year, the State Convention has a theme. This year’s theme was “Lewis and Clark” because in Great Falls they have the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. Senior, Tazsia Brester mentioned, “They were showing off what the Great Fall is all about; we were pretty much doing what they did. So, they opened up the museum for all of us to go in to show off Great Falls and their school.” Sophomore, Raylea Brown said, “We got to build boats that they used, wear their type of clothes, and we watched a film. I really loved it. I’m a history fanatic!”

At the conference they had 3 keynote speakers, Josh Fingerhut, Michael V. Ivanov, Josh Huestis.

The speakers talked about their own experiences that helped them in life as well as leadership advice. After the speeches, they had a banquet. During the banquet, they had fun activities like a dance and games.

“Every year we either have money or we fundraise money to donate to the cause. And this year it was Make-A-Wish, and I believe that was Great Falls’ decision,” Brester said. “They had people come in from Make-AWish and tell us how they benefit from it.” They had a portion where schools donated money to Make A Wish, called “Miracle Minutes,” where the students pass around jars and get a chance to put in change, or any amount of money they want to give. Laurel High School students alone raised around $7,700. “Our donation pretty much made one full wish,” said Brester. “We Donated the most amount of money.” The Student Council donated $1,200 to the family of a boy who has a rare lung disease that causes his lungs to bleed when he gets sick. With the money that was raised, he was able to go to Disney World.

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