Food trucks, Spirit Week and school dances are only a few of the events Pace’s Student Council plans throughout the year. Advised by Upper School History Chairperson Tim Hornor, the Student Council meets weekly on Wednesday mornings to discuss current student issues, propose solutions to various school-wide problems and ensure that the student body’s best interests are taken into consideration.
Launched in 1998 under Mr. Hornor’s guidance, the student council program has progressed over the years with both the issues they face and their will to solve them. “Back then, the curriculum was very closed but today, the gate has been opened, in large part credited to the Student Council and their voices,” said Mr. Hornor. “Now, they do more around the school socially to improve school life.”
Although Mr. Hornor oversees “stud-co” activities, he prefers to give the students more control in order to keep the student body’s preferences in mind. “I have allowed the students to be autonomous and I have not intervened,” he said. “I rarely tell students what they want or what they should want and I think the leaders really appreciate that. Every day during the school day students are kind of controlled by faculty and this is a space where that doesn’t happen.”
To further enhance the representative aspect of Pace’s student government, Mr. Hornor has eliminated the exclusivity of the council’s weekly meetings and welcomes any student who wishes to attend.
A big part of the Student Council’s responsibilities includes managing finances for each grade. Between various food trucks, including the popular Not As Famous Cookie Company, and Spirit Week expenses, including costume costs and art supplies, the Student Council members are expected to balance their budgets effectively and prioritize their purchases.
Each grade is given a price maximum for Spirit Week to avoid excessive spending. Additionally, what students may not know about Food Truck Friday is that these trucks typically require a minimum amount to be paid for their services. Thus making purchases during Food Truck Friday is extremely encouraged. “The seniors are doing very well with budgeting and expenses and should be commended,” said Mr. Hornor.
With a new group of senior leaders on the council this year, the program has taken the next step into uniting its members of all grades. “I think the seniors have accomplished a great deal,” said Mr. Hornor. “I’ve observed some freshmen in some years that have never spoken during a Student Council meeting but these leaders really try to make sure that their voices are heard from the freshmen seats.”
Senior class secretary Paige Fleming focuses on this unity of the council as well. “I like interacting with the other grades to successfully plan school-wide events and get to know them,” she said.
Among many reasons, students run for Student Council to gain leadership and organizational skills as well as give a voice to their peers. “The goal of Student Council is to be the bridge between the ideas of the students and the teachers,” said sophomore class secretary Eve Kogon. “I decided to run for student council because I wanted to help make my grade get better at fundraising, and I also wanted to help my grade become more organized.”
Senior and student body Vice President Brogan Smith has similar goals in mind. “I decided to run because I am a man of the people and wanted to represent everybody’s voice,” he said.