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RHS named Student Council of the Year

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The Roswell High Student Council shows off its awards and celebrate its accomplishments on Friday morning during its prep period. In the first row, Abrianna Galindo, left, Aby Escobar and Heaven Vasquez hold the student council of the year award. In the second row, Destiny Estrada, Erica Vital, Xochil Anchondo, Vanesa Castro and Yazmin Olvera display the best fundraiser and banner awards. Manuel Archuleta, Joel Ramos, Oscar Estrada, K-Din Cox and Marcus Castro with Evelyn Zavala on his back, hold down the third row. In the fourth row, Pedro Medina, Laura Laidley and Mackenzie Stover, back up their peers with advisor Ernest Lujan. (Alison Penn Photo)

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The Roswell High School Student Council has earned a gold award for Student Council of the Year from the New Mexico Association of Student Councils.

Members of the Roswell High School Student Council gather Friday to talk about the group’s recent state awards. (Alison Penn Photo)

Students and their advisor shared their experiences of working towards this goal with the Daily Record on Friday morning. The council also was recognized for best fundraising project and banner of the year.

A class of 2000 RHS graduate, Ernest Lujan, advisor for the student council, said seeing the smiles and happiness of his students after all of their hard work was one of the best moments in his life. Lujan said this is his second year as student council advisor, and he decided to be more involved to assist the student leaders by helping them be informed, guiding them and watching the students grow.

There are 12 officers on the council and about 184 members. Eighteen students participated in the state conference.

The student body president is Abrianna Galindo and the vice president is Heaven Vasquez. Senior class officers are Joel Ramos (president), Mackenzie Stover (vice president), Laura Laidley (secretary) and Mari Meraz. The junior class has the four following officers: Junior Estrada (president), Evelyn Zavala (vice president), Pedro Medina (secretary) and Marcus Castro (treasurer). The sophomore class has Erica Vital as president and Yazmin Olvera as vice president. Oscar Estrada is the president and Angela Valasquez is the vice president for the freshman class.

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To receive the award, the council must complete 10 projects in the following categories: community service, citizenship, school service, environmental awareness, staff relations, health and safety, school spirit, membership motivation, fundraising, and the state children project. The council is required to create a binder providing information about the council and all of the projects, which is then graded by a board of retired student council advisors.

Heaven Vasquez said the student council helps promote a more positive experience for the student body.

Lujan shared a five-minute video of what he described as the biggest pep assembly, complete with gym lights out and glow sticks waving, students chanting and cheerleaders.

“There is a reason we brought home some of the awards,” Lujan said, “because these kids are really good.”

When asked what makes a student council strong, the group shared that hard work, communication, dedication, striving to be the best, commitment, listening to peers are some of the qualities they found most helpful.

Joel Ramos compared the student council to a wolf pack and encourages the future student council leaders to focus on bonding together to be a strong team.

The group unanimously said their Charlie’s Field Day fundraiser was the best project. Destiny Estrada called it RHS’s version of Coachella. The student body charged a $5 admission fee for students to enjoy 11 inflatable fun houses, a DJ, snow cones and more.

Aby Escobar, a senior, said participating in student council helped her come out of her shell and eventually led to her being a representative at the state conference.

“The school pride is amazing — and it is rising,” Vasquez said. “We really are a big coyote family.”

City reporter Alison Penn can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or at reporter04@rdrnews.com.