CHS9 student Gabe Pehl is finishing his first year in high school as the CHS9 Student Council president. Coming into his freshman year, Pehl wanted to explore new things, and running for officer was one of them. His leadership position has taught him valuable traits such as time management and engagement.
Why did you run for president?
I felt like I missed out on opportunities in middle school. I knew that the [Student Council] officers in middle school were having a lot of fun serving the community and school, so I thought it would be a good way to explore something new. I tried it, and it ended up working out.
What was your goal for Student Council and CHS9 this year?
Last year, [CHS9] had some really good officers. [Summer Ward the Student Council teacher sponsor] was talking to us about everything they accomplished, so we kind of just wanted to keep that going. This year, it’s really hard to do [things like] fundraisers. I hope we encourage the members [of Student Council] to [continue their membership] for next year, because not only is it good for college, but it’s also fun to serve others.
How was your first year of high school?
It’s not as bad as I thought it would be. I thought I’d have a lot on my plate, especially on [school] nights, but [things have] been a lot more relaxed. I’m able to not only get my school work done, but also prepare for meetings and [come up] with ideas to present.
What has been your most rewarding experience in student council?
Coming up with the idea to read to elementary [schoolers]. It was hard to brainstorm ideas, so at one of our officer meetings, the thought [of reading to elementary students] came to me. That idea stood out to me, and now, I’m able to say, ”I did that.”
What have you learned from being an officer?
I’ve learned [about] time management. Being able to brainstorm ideas [for the school], but also making sure to attend every officer meeting and knowing what to say, [while having] athletics on the side and attending practices has really taught me how to make sure that I’m [keeping a schedule].
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