David Thompson Secondary School elects first student council in a decade



HIGH SCHOOL POLITICS  From left to right are Dario Piva, vice president candidate; Lila Berryman, president candidate and the force behind the revived DTSS student council; student council president Bob Barr; and vice president Dawson Ragan. Photo by Caitlin Fuller
HIGH SCHOOL POLITICS From left to right are Dario Piva, vice president candidate; Lila Berryman, president candidate and the force behind the revived DTSS student council; student council president Bob Barr; and vice president Dawson Ragan. Photo by Caitlin Fuller

Elections in the valley have come to a close, including David Thompson Secondary Schools very own elections for Student Council. Many hopefuls ran for different positions on the council, including president, vice president, grade representatives, and other open positions. The nominated candidates made their speeches on Friday, November 14th, and ballots were collected from students on Wednesday, November 19th.

The ballots have been counted, and the DTSS student representatives have been chosen. The DTSS Student Council now includes Bob Barr as president, Dawson Ragan as vice president, Maddy Wells and Tyler Powell as Grade 8 representatives; Bjorn Leverkus and Simrit Minhas for Grade 9; Abby Wells and Karlee Baes for Grade 10; Kally Van Mulligan and Ally Hatalcik for Grade 11; and Logan Powell and Blake Glassford for Grade 12.

This is the schools first student council in more than 10 years. This years council was set up by Lila Berryman, one of the students who ran for president. When asked why she started up the student council, Lila replied that, DTSS students didnt really have a way of making changes, and later commented saying, its to give students a chance to experience politics before leaving high school.

The students have big plans for the remainder of the school year, including getting the schools Banff movie nights up and running again, bringing chocolate milk back into the schools cafeteria, organizing dances, choosing more student involvement in cultural performances, and other school-based events they will be putting on the table for consideration. The candidates were asked what they wish to see accomplished this school year, and it seemed unanimous that all wanted to see the student body unified.

The school is looking forward to seeing what the student body can achieve with leaders in their midst.

Caitlin Fuller is a David Thompson Secondary School student reporter working for The Pioneer one day a week as part of her work experience class curriculum.

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