By Casey Cunningham

On the sideline, senior Max Weber rushes onto the field with the rest of the student section after the team won.

Senior Max Weber represents the student body as student section leader

After taking control of the student section for his senior year, Weber shares his feelings on his love for the school, leadership experience and highlights of the year

Say the name Mill Valley and high school sports excellence comes to mind. Holding multiple state and national titles, it’s an honor to lead the student section of one of the most high-performing schools in the state.

With every sporting event, is the student section bringing the energy. The student section is led by senior Max Weber, who presents himself as a dynamic, extroverted leader who, just like every other student in the student section, loves Mill Valley. Weber explains the importance of the student section.

“It shows who we are as a school,” Weber said. “There’s a huge community behind the players. People here really care about sports.”

Leading the student section was never Weber’s intention. Nobody told him to lead, but upon arrival at the first football game, he decided to step up.

“Nobody was taking initiative,” Weber said. “So I was like, ‘You know what? Coach Strickland told me to take initiative, be that guy, be that dog,’ so that’s what I did.”

Leading the student section is an important job because of how it can impact the energy of the game. 

“[The student section’s importance is] tremendous,” Weber said. “If you got a bad student section and nobody’s making any noise we already lost the game.”

The high energy of the student section is where Weber’s personality thrives. Weber’s favorite sport to lead is football; he even introduced a new tradition to the football field this year: the push-up table. 

Weber said it was personal for him. “The first time we ever did the pushup table, I looked at Colin Riley and I said, ‘You’re doing it,’ and he just hopped up there and he just cranked out seven push-ups.”

Weber’s influence on his peers is what makes him such a great leader. When asked about his greatest strength, Weber believes it’s his spontaneity. 

“My [biggest strength is my] ability to do whatever comes to mind,” Weber said. “If I want to do something, I’m going to do it. Take that initiative and be the initiative leader.” 

Weber hopes the student section will continue in showing school spirit long after he has graduated. 

“Remember who we’re doing this for: the parents, the kids and the friends,” Weber said. “I love Mill Valley. I love the Jaguars. I love the football team and I hope to God that we will still win without Drew Hudgens. We’ll miss you.”

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