Inside Student Government

A few minutes in room B103 is all it takes to get an idea of what goes on every day in one of Dimond High School’s busiest classes. Students are dressed from head to toe in Dimond’s revered maroon and gold, and the room is brimming with a certain kind of excitement — it’s an assembly day, which means the members of student government (which includes officers from all four classes and their advisor, Lem Wheeles) have been working hard the past few weeks; planning, advertising, constructing, compromising, decorating, debating — and now one of the biggest events of the year is finally beginning to coalesce. “Homecoming is a huge deal,” says Senior Class secretary Nancy Chon. “Organizing the class floats, spirit days, court, set up and clean up for the dance — it’s a lot to do.” Many of this year’s officers have been in Student Government for several years of their high school career, some all four. They have seen the class through a lot of changes, including a significant switch in leadership when Lem Wheeles took over as the class’s advisor, as well as the addition of several new principals and members of administration. “I really like seeing students succeed in making the school a better place, and seeing them step up and taking responsibility for their school,” says Wheeles, on being Student Government advisor. “Even when they don’t want to.” Of course, it isn’t all work every day. Students do their best to make the things they do both efficient and fun. There were plans to have a pizza day in celebration of wrapping up Homecoming duties, and at the end of each semester the class takes a field trip during the fourth hour finals block to have breakfast and reflect on all they’ve accomplished in the past few months. “We’ve got responsible people this year that actually want to be here and are willing to do the work,” says Senior Sydney Mayers, who has been in the class since she was a sophomore. “I think it’s going to be a good year.”