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ASB’s Shining Plans For Next Year

What do you hope returns next year? More open dances? More microwaves in the cafeteria? More laxity toward the dress code? Look no further than to the ASB Council — the wonderful group of students in charge of school fun. What does ASB have in store for next year? Online last year was difficult for […]

What do you hope returns next year? More open dances? More microwaves in the cafeteria? More laxity toward the dress code? Look no further than to the ASB Council — the wonderful group of students in charge of school fun. What does ASB have in store for next year?

Online last year was difficult for everybody. “I really didn’t get to see how the ASB dynamic was,” Vice President Nicole Staggs (‘23) expresses. I’m sure everyone can still remember how awkward the Teams breakout rooms were. Because online school was less interactive and talking through a screen was nerve wracking and intimidating to express opinions, making plans felt like, “you were watching it go on,” as President Maddie McDougall (‘23) shares. 

Meeting the candidate during lunch during the election process was a new addition to campaigning this year. This not only helped ASB get their name out there, but helped students get to know them one on one. It also helped remove electing candidates based on popularity and shared more about what each student will do for the community. Having campaign videos on KBFT was also helpful as they reached a wider group of people. As Maddie shares, having meet the candidate at lunch offered, “a bigger chance to meet your demographic and who you’re catering to — not just your class, but the needs of the entire school.”

Student council wanted to compensate for the sophomores who didn’t get a Lock-In and revealed how exciting, yet overwhelming it was. Secretary Tayla Harding (‘23) and Maddie express that, because of COVID, the freshmen and sophomores were much quieter than past Lock-Ins. “They didn’t know, and honestly, it was something new to us too just because we left in the middle of freshman year,” Tayla says.

“They weren’t here to experience at the very beginning, and weren’t emulsified into the climate,” Nicole adds. Excited in preparation for next year’s Lock-In, the trio hopes to “create new spirit and reinvent what spirit is here at CB with the new incoming freshmen.” 

Because of COVID, many stuednts’ spirits were considerably down. ASB hopes to revamp CB spirit that was lost over the past two years. “There is a sense of community, –it’s just fallen behind a little bit, but hasn’t completely disappeared,” Maddie says. “Rebuilding that sense of community that has been lost over the course of the pandemic and over the course of COVID is our first priority.”

“One thing I’d like to implement into CB is an outlet where people can express their opinions, so if you have an idea, then there’s an outlet where you can express that opinion and it would go directly to us,” Nicole shares. By implementing this new system, “you see what everybody wants to improve upon and be involved in their community,” Maddie adds. 

Without school spirit, what is school? Not having that full experience of high school means we’re all still learning what school spirit is and what it looks like. Although plans are kept under wraps, Falcon Force is thrilled for the return of rallies in the gym and for everyone to join in the fun at indoor sporting events.

“We’re hoping for more spirit days, more interactive stuff with everyone,” Nicole shares. Along with spikeball and volleyball during lunch, clubs will be given more opportunities to have their voices heard. “Clubs are all run by students, so because of that, they should have a chance to — not just on club day — represent themselves more.” ASB wants to have everyone around the school involved in making plans and to be able to have their voices heard.

One issue among students that ASB hopes to change is the dress code. While the dress code has been modified slightly, there is hope that rules become more lax. The dress code committee has plans of becoming more accessible to students as some feel the current dress code is outdated. Tayla, who is a member of the dress code committee, expresses not liking the idea of assigning different rules to each gender and the rules addressing hair color and makeup are subjective because that’s how students choose to express themselves. The dress code committee has plans of tackling the rules of dress code to become more lenient and possible to dress around.

ASB cannot work alone. As a community, it is our job to help boost the spirit that was lost over COVID. Because the incoming freshmen are not acquainted with what is expected on campus, the rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors are called to help rebuild what was lost, as they have an idea of what is expected of them as leaders.

“We’re only just a select group of people where as CB is a variety of people”, Nicole humbly mentions. “We joined ASB to create change, but we’re only just a select group of people,” Tayla adds. “We want to hear what other people have to say versus ourselves,” Maddie concludes.

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