Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-Tribune
President Fayza Rahman, vice president Steven Mentzer, and secretary Eva Berndobler are the Oberlin High School student council leaders.
The busiest time of the year is approaching rapidly for Oberlin High School student council members.
President Fayza Rahman, vice president Steven Mentzer, and secretary Eva Berndobler are gearing up for the week of Sept. 21 when the school’s homecoming festivities will begin.
Spirit Week will include a parade, pep assembly, football game, and wrap up with a dance on Saturday, Sept. 26.
Rahman said student council will track how many students in each class participate in events each day: “It’s just a fun, healthy competition.”
The homecoming parade will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24 at Prospect Elementary School and travel to the high school. Each grade’s top three court nominees will ride in the parade.
Student council leaders are encouraging classmates to attend the football game at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25 against Firelands to support the Phoenix players and watch the marching band’s halftime light show.
After Spirit Week, big plans for this school year include blood drives, “Dress for Success Wednesdays,” a Pennies for Patients drive, monthly awareness days, and the possibility of a winter formal dance.
The club is talking about having a junior and senior lock-in near Thanksgiving break to raise money for the winter dance, which Berndobler said has drawn a lot of interest among OHS students.
The young leaders said student council is a chance for their fellow classmates’ voices to be heard. It’s also a platform for making a positive difference in the school and community.
Berndobler said many students will voice their opinions but don’t take action.
“If they want something changed, then they should come join,” she said.
The 15-member club is small but responsive to needs and wishes voiced by OHS students. Mentzer said teenagers from each grade level participate in student council, especially freshmen and sophomores.
“Student council is more for anybody and everybody,” Rahman said. “I know there’s a lot of clubs at the high school that do things for the community but I definitely think student council is more involved with community affairs then the other clubs.”
Valerie Urbanik can be reached at 440-775-1611 or on Twitter @ValUrbanik.