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FHS hosts ET student government workshop

Members of the Student Government Association at Farragut High School welcomed more than 500 students from East Tennessee schools for a student government workshop Thursday, Nov. 2.

Regular school classes were canceled for the day in order to accommodate the students, who participated in workshops geared toward promoting school spirit, teacher appreciation and other SGA responsibilities, said Nicole Vesco, 18, member of the Tennessee Association of Student Council Board. The workshop was Vesco’s project as the East Tennessee representative and board member.

“Our council really pulled together,” Vesco said. “I learned so much from just small details to life skills that will stay with me forever.”

Organizing the event took nearly five months and sixty members of the FHS SGA were grouped into 11 different committees to attend to different details of the event, Vesco said.

The workshop was open to all SGA members from schools located in the 865-423 area code, said Allyson Lynch, sponsor for the workshop and English teacher at FHS.

During workshops attendants discussed teacher appreciation, school spirit activities, the college application process and interviewing skills, Lynch said.

“This was a chance to foster leadership skills and facilitate relationship and communication between East Tennessee high school student councils,” Lynch said. “It also gave us a chance to take on a new, big project.”

Rochelle Lo, 16, led the “Cerious Cartoonage” workshop, which gave students an opportunity to brainstorm different spirit activities, she said.

This year the FHS SGA sponsored different themed days, such as Medieval Renaissance Day, Decade Day and Admiral Activity Day during the 2006 Spirit Week, Lo said.

“The goal was to get new ideas out there for the schools to try,” Vesco said.

The Farragut Varsity Dance Team and the Farragut Ensemble also performed for students, giving area school representatives the opportunity to see the achievements of other FHS organizations, Lynch said.

To conclude the day, Robin Wilhoit, WBIR TV news anchor, gave an inspirational speech to the students, Lynch said.

The SGA at FHS has 60 members who plan and carry out school activities.

SGA helps facilitate a can drive between FHS and Bearden High School, which benefits Second Harvest, and they also plan a cake auction that benefits Make a Wish Foundation among other activities, Vesco said.

The following students hold positions on the SGA board including Umang Shukla, president, Richard Lo, vice president, Sara Martin, treasurer and Shanon Shell, historian.


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