By Hayden Resch

StuCo supervisor Erica Matyak helps other student council members in discussing the details of the rescheduled Winter Homecoming dance

A behind the scenes look at our school’s Student Council

As students, it's easy to enjoy the exciting events held by our school but very few students know of the backstage efforts that go into creating a memorable school year

The Student Council plays a very important role in the culture of our school. From planning events and spirit weeks to decorating the school, students and teachers involved in the committee do nothing short of a fantastic job at making the school year memorable. StuCo meets every Thursday before school at 7:15 am in StuCo sponsors Erica Matyak’s room to discuss an agenda for planning school events while enjoying fresh doughnuts. 

Matyak, who teaches art, shares what typically takes place at a Thursday morning meeting.

Senior Allison Seck shows Ms. Crist an idea for the WOCO dance. (By Hayden Resch)

“Typically one of our student body officers brings doughnuts, and then we will go over upcoming dates and make sure everybody has those on their calendar,” Matyak said. “If there’s anything that we need to vote on or discuss as a whole group, we will do that. But otherwise, we break into smaller groups to plan the different events.”

 A lot of behind the scenes planning goes into creating such elaborate events for the student body to experience and enjoy. Matyak explains, depending on the planned event ]ed, how that process routinely goes. 

“Usually, it takes a couple of meetings just for students to get everything and the details hashed out,” Matyak said “They communicate with each other via “Group Me”, so that helps a lot with communication. Events where there’s any type of performance and you’re bringing in students from outside, like Mr. Mill Valley, will take several hours of planning.”

StuCo supervisor Erica Matyak helps other student council members in discussing the details of the rescheduled Winter Homecoming dance (By Hayden Resch)

Since 2015, StuCo has put on an annual event, “Mr. Mill Valley”, a boys pageant, which student body president senior Logan Pfiester said is one of her favorites. 

“Mr. Mill Valley [is my favorite StuCo event] because it’s a newer event and it’s a lot of fun,” Pfiester said. “The guys that you choose to do it are fun, and [the Mr. Mill Valley pageant is] coming up,” Pfiester said.

Each year, StuCo coordinates the fun events students get to participate in. Behind the scenes, students from all grade levels commit their time to make the school year fun and memorable for everyone. Being involved with StuCo at school allows for students to have opportunities to work together and have fun while doing it.

“I think students should join StuCo if they want to help make Mill Valley a more enjoyable place to be,” Matyak said. “That’s really what StuCo tries to do, is just plan events that can include all students.”

Concurring with Matyak, Pfiester shares why joining StuCo her freshman year was a great decision. 

“I think it’s a great way to get involved in school, it just gives you more school spirit and something to do, it gives you a community,” Pfiester said. 

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