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The Student Newspaper of Jackson-Reed High School

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The Student Newspaper of Jackson-Reed High School

The Beacon

SGA’s new leadership means business

Chyna Holloway
SUPER STUDENT LEADERS – Amani Onyekwere poses in front of ROAR pep rally poster. Jackson-Reed’s SGA has big plans for the 2023-24 school year.

The Student Government Association (SGA) plays an important role at Jackson-Reed by providing students with opportunities to share ideas and opinions and improve our school overall. This year, the SGA has plans to increase school spirit and motivate students to attend class. While investigating the SGA agenda, Student Body Vice President Amani Onyekwere had the opportunity to sit down for an interview. Onyekwere shares responsibilities with Student Body President Bryce Freeman.

Onyekwere’s responsibilities include creating monthly plans and agendas, co-facilitating meetings and SGA class, spearheading the committees, communicating with administration, and working with the president, Bryce Freedman. She also goes above and beyond her responsibilities by creating flyers and sharing information about upcoming events in any way she can.

SGA has a calendar to plan and organize events. They want to create a revised plan of last year’s calendar. SGA members want to arrange more events that can brighten up the school’s atmosphere, increase school spirit, expand student involvement, and encourage student unity and cooperation. SGA’s biggest goal for this year is to implement and promote ROAR values. 

Onyekwere has noticed the school’s interior design potential. There are lots of rooms to decorate. “We need more updated posters around the school, to take better care of the plants around the school, and decorate the hallways,” Onyekwere says. If hallways were decorated better, it could increase excitement to come to school. Students need something to look forward to when they walk into the building. Onyekwere believes that the class of 2024 should have more representation around the school, “2024 should be written everywhere and we could have posters and streamers hanging.”

Onkyekwere personally has a lot of ideas for senior content. She has seen lots of inspiring ideas on TikTok, such as senior themed bulletin boards and class of 2024 advertising ideas. She would also like to have a designated senior committee, host a senior sleepover, a senior cleanup day, and multiple student-run senior field trips. 

Furthermore, SGA intends to tackle problems that are being noticed by students on campus. Onyekwere encourages the student population to improve the school by making learning more fun, talking to someone new everyday, and keeping the bathrooms clean. Pep rallies for other sports seasons could increase school spirit and unity as well.

“Students can get involved and contribute to the student government’s efforts by putting their best foot forward and bringing their ideas to SGA,” Onyekwere proudly states. Student satisfaction is the SGA’s first priority. SGA members have been asking students to take surveys via QR codes and using Instagram polls to possibly implement students’ ideas for spirit weeks.

If you’re interested in student government and passionate about it, Onyekwere recommends that you take the SGA class. By taking the class during junior year, Onyekwere affirms that it helped her build her confidence and made her enjoy going to school more.

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