By GREG CONVERTITO
Many falcons consider the FLHS student government meaningless, one of those activities that exists, but manifestations of which are never seen. While at first glance it is often difficult to ascertain what the student government does, a great deal of its functions includes common tasks, which many students encounter on a regular basis. It is also often difficult to understand exactly how the student government works; many students vote for their class representatives and then never really give much thought as to what happens after that.
“Student government does not do anything because it always seems too regulated by the administration to actually make any changes without going through a really discombobulated system first,” said senior Garrett Bond.
While the student government does have to deal with administration’s regulations, it really does serve several important functions. These are divided up between the Student Representative Council (SRC) and the separate class governments.
SRC is comprised of representatives from all grades and clubs. These representatives are elected annually, or appointed, to represent the club. Members are then elected for specific positions within the club by other members of SRC.
Students encounter the SRC on a day-to-day basis. Many FLHS students buy snacks or Falcon wear at the Perch, and root for their house at Battle of the Houses, both of which are operated by the SRC.
“The SRC is a fundamental part of Fairfield Ludlowe because it allows the students to be self-motivated by the changes and improvements that best work with things such as running the Perch, and running Battle of the Houses,” said the club’s co-president Amanda Kwong.
The class governments have a very similar effect on the school community, though organized in a radically different way. Named for the grade that they represent (i.e. “Class of 2012”), the class governments are set up more like clubs, with officers elected by the student body.
The officers are elected in the same annual elections as the SRC representatives, and they make most of the important decisions for their classes’ governments. The club is open to anyone in that grade who is willing to stop in during A week to help out and bounce ideas around.
“High school student government is an opportunity for the students to really take charge of many of the responsibilities that used to be done by our parents or teachers,” said Senior Class President Sara Wiant. “We’re the ones doing the behind-the-scenes work, planning dances, working out expenses, organizing fundraisers, etc. It’s a chance to get involved in something that directly affects the students.”
Getting involved is quite easy. All one has to do is show up to the meetings in the library lecture hall during Activity Period A weeks. It is generally possible to be as involved—or uninvolved—as desired.
Participating in the SRC is also rather easy. Simply drop by Room 255 after school on a Thursday and sit in on a meeting.
The student government at FLHS is rather integral to those parts of the school, which the student body enjoys, such as dances, certain field trips, and other events such as Battle of the Houses. New events can sometimes be organized, and different ideas are always welcome.