The IACS Student Government is making big changes! Remember the days in IACS before a vending machine, microwaves, and a modern dress code? All those things were brought to the student body by past IACS governments. This year, student government is continuing to evolve and is gaining power and sway to what happens in our school.
Though Dr. Arnold and Mr. Orpen have to agree to many proposals made by government representatives, the government as a whole has power to push for changes that the student body wants. Ideas have been pitched to Student Presidents Luke Sheehan and Jennifer Schultz, such as a Student Constitution and a Bill of Rights, pep rallies, and a school store; these things could possibly come to pass in the future. The Halloween dance, Semi, and Prom, are all things that student government made possible. Despite the fact these dances have been around since almost the beginning of IACS, a lot of hard work goes into them. Student Government members put up all the decorations themselves, order the food or catering, run around looking for volunteers to assist them, all under the guidance of a couple of teachers. In addition, Student Government members are the main advertisers for dances, so that people are aware and can plan accordingly. Along with the decorations and food, a dance wouldn’t be much without music. Senior Isaac Donkoh-Halm has coordinated the music for the past few dances and can vouch to the amount of work that is put into the music as well as the dances themselves. Despite the fact that Donkoh-Halm isn’t actually a part of Student Government, he works hard to please the students who attend the dances by organizing a list of songs so that there will be something special in the music for everyone. Aside from the fun events and the physical labor required in Student Government, there is a community aspect involved. “We also want to make sure that students not in the S.G. choice block have the chance to voice their opinions and be heard, so I have made a proposal that once a month…students may be dismissed from their choice block to speak with S.G. representatives, to bring up concerns, offer solutions, suggest ideas, or just listen and learn about what S.G. is currently working on,” says co-president, Jennifer Schultz. Student Government is a choice block full of determined, tenacious students who want to better IACS and their community by bringing forth an array of changes.