PHS Student Council at region workshop

Philip High School Student Council ... The members that were able to make it to the regional workshop include: Back row, from left: Tawnie DeJong, Colby Smith, Kelsie Kroetch, Sayde Slovek, Colin Van Lint, Josie Guptill, Kianna Knutson and Tate DeJong. Middle row: Rachel Wheeler, Trey DeJong, Marissa Mann, Abby Carley, Kelsey Hostutler and Jordan Hauk. Front: Jeff O’Connell, Karch Foley, Troy Guptill, Kenzy Pinney, Tomilyn Trask and Holly Iwan. Not Pictured: Advisor Mrs. Pam DeJong.

The Philip High School student council attended the region workshop at the Sturgis Community Center on Wednesday, November 4, after its postponement from Thursday, October 29, due to poor weather.

Members in attendance were seniors: Marissa Mann, Kenzy Pinney, Troy Guptill, Colin Van Lint, Kelsey Hostutler, Colby Smith and Karch Foley; juniors: PHS Student Council President and Rushmore Region Vice President Tawnie DeJong, Region Parliamentarian Tomilyn Trask, Jeff O'Connell, Jordan Hauk and Abby Carley; sophomores: Josie Guptill, Sayde Slovek, Trey DeJong, Kianna Knutson and Rachel Wheeler; and freshmen: Tate DeJong, Holly Iwan and Kelsie Kroetch.

The day began with an early start at 6:15 a.m. for the bus full of Sturgis-bound students. Upon arrival, student council members were given name tags and directed to the general session for the opening meeting along with an icebreaker activity.

After getting everyone to wake up and learn interesting facts about students from other schools, the large group was separated into four small groups. Each group then proceeded to individual rooms to discuss fundraisers and activities that take place at each school.

Following this activity was a snack break, during which the students were given a chance to socialize with other student council members.

The students continued with different workshops led by the region board members and other student council members. Philip's Tawnie DeJong and Trask conducted one of these workshops concerning making healthy food choices when it comes to fast food options. Other topics included a wilderness survival quiz, discovering the consequences of bullying, sexting, and hazing, and putting together care packages for United States soldiers along with a personally written letter.

The day was concluded with evaluations of the workshop and a closing meeting. The positions of each Rushmore Region board member were explained, as well as how to apply for certain South Dakota Student Council Association awards at the state level. One such award is the Outstanding Student Council award, which Philip was a recipient of last year.

Philip student council members had a great time. They came back excited about new ideas to bring to their school.