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WEST SHAMOKIN: Variety of Spirit Week activities held

by CHEYENNE CORNMAN and TAYLOR WILSON, Gazette Student News Reporters on October 26, 2012 11:30 AM

RURAL VALLEY -- The homecoming football game at West Shamokin High School is a large attraction for students, staff and alumni.

Even though the support for the Wolves has been growing over the season thanks to two recent wins, another interest is who will take home the title of homecoming king and queen at halftime. The crowd might meet the candidates at the start of the ceremony, but students in the school watch them campaign all week under the direction of the senior high student council.

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The week of the game, the homecoming court does everything they can to let the student body know their names. After displaying posters at the beginning of the week and getting paired up for the ceremony, the candidates begin to work as partners.

On Monday, they dress their best and campaign by walking through lunches for the Homecoming Court Meet-and-Greet. Some take up student lunch trays, others hand out candy, and if you are Kevin Kaplon, you spend all of your money buying seventh- and eighth-graders cookies. All of this is part of working towards one goal, a vote for them.

The week is full of other activities also designed to make them stand out. These activities include a crazy hair day, a back to the '80s day, dress like twins day, and the day of the game is school spirit day.

The winning lady and gentleman not only win the rights to the crown, but also the honor of coming back the following year to crown their successors. Jillian Glover and Zachary Zahorchak were named homecoming queen and king, but the entire court had a great time competing all week.

Since Spirit Week and homecoming has commenced, the senior high student council and the senior class have been busy with numerous other projects including their cookie dough sale, Make-A-Wish Fundraiser, Veterans Day planning and Halloween activities.

The cookie dough sale was an all-school fundraiser where student councils join together and raise money to provide the entire school with fun, student-planned activities such as pep rallies, holiday games, pizza parties, dances, lock-ins, field day, volleyball day, homecoming activities, spectator buses to sporting events, etc.

Advisers report that 277 students sold more than 2,000 tubs of cookie dough and reported the fundraiser as a success.

Prizes and rewards will be given to students who participated in the sale at different times throughout the year. Thank you to all who bought and sold for supporting our student councils. Cookie dough comes in on Nov. 8.

Senior Corbin Crownover has been busy with the help of his Fall Committee raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

He asked each student to sell 10 color-coded leaves for $1 to family and friends. The leaves are being displayed in the cafeteria on a huge fall tree. Each grade level is represented by a different color. This class competition is still going on, but rumor has it that the seniors are in the lead.

Senior high student council adviser Mandy Blake is preparing for our Veterans Day Assembly on Nov. 9.

She is asking students and staff to invite veterans in their lives to speak to students, enjoy an all-school assembly honoring our local veterans and have a soup lunch prepared by our senior high student council members. If you are a veteran and would like to take part, please contact Mandy Blake at West Shamokin by phone or email at blam@asd.k12.

The senior class is holding its annual Halloween Carnival Fundraiser on Halloween this year. Students in grades 7-9 are invited to play games, buy snacks and win prizes.

Junior High Student Council Update

Junior high student council is planning lots of exciting activities for this year.

From Aug. 31 to Sept. 18, seventh-graders were able to join student council by filling out an application. Twenty-four lucky seventh-graders are now new student council members.

Boo Grams were sold this week during all four lunch periods. Boo Grams are bags of candy that students or teachers can buy for their friends, a teacher, or a secret admirer.

Ghosts will be sold for friends, a pumpkin will be for teachers and a leaf will be for a secret admirer. The annual West Shamokin Food Drive will be taking place during the week of Nov. 5-9. The first-period class that collects the most nonperishable items will receive an amazing prize.

The organization that the nonperishable food items will be delivered to has not been determined yet.

The huge event of the year, the semi-formal, will be held on Nov. 16 from 7 to 10 p.m. The theme for this year is "Night Under the Stars." The color scheme is royal blue and silver.

Tickets will be sold from Nov. 1-14 and are $7 per person.

Pictures by Cory Stivason will start at 6:30 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. This event is sure to be an amazing night.

The spring community outreach for student council will be held for Orphans of the Storm in Kittanning. West Shamokin will be having a pet drive and collecting leashes, pet food, toys, collars, etc. The Orphans of the Storm recently had $2,000 stolen from them and cannot give a dog surgery that he severely needs. Our donations will really help a great cause.

Some new activities that junior high student council will be doing this year include Random Days, Lucky Lockers and Birthday Cupcakes. Random Days consist of student council choosing something random and giving a prize out to anyone in junior high that has it or is wearing it.

Every month student council will pick "lucky lockers" from each junior high grade. The students with that locker number will win a small prize. During each month, junior high student council will be giving out cupcakes to those junior high students and faculty that have a birthday in that month. August and September were given out on Sept. 25 during first period. Students with October birthdays received a cupcake on Oct. 9. Everyone in junior high will be receiving a cupcake at some point during this year.

More activities will be added throughout the year and more updates will be given. The book fair and the awards assembly will be taking place during the end of the school year. No information has been finalized at this point.

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