Magic of Leadership at EPMS

{gallery}/02_15_11/leadership{/gallery} Nearly every event that occurs at a school is for kids.  Sounds like a no-brainer, but if you take a closer look, you may find something very unique.

Since October, the Eagle Point Middle School Student Leadership group has been meeting every Thursday morning before school to brainstorm and plan for events for their fellow students.  This group is responsible for planning and implementing everything from school spirit days, dances, and holiday events like Val-O-Grams to providing service work at Awards Ceremonies.

Most recently, they successfully hosted the annual dress-up dance.  They were given a theme, Winter Wonderland, and told to make it happen on a shoe string budget.  The students jumped right in and creatively problem solved ways to make this a most memorable evening.

Of note, Andrew Downing shined in finding a way to make 3-D snowmen out of Styrofoam and miscellaneous art supply scraps.  Laura Walter and Hailey Logan spend several lunches creating full size paper snowmen to decorate the gym walls.  Emily Nielson and Brianna Kimes created a decoration plan, coordinated and directed the decoration committee as well as set-up the picture back-drop for the evening with the help of Katelyn Hart.

The evening however wouldn’t have been the success it was without the teamwork by the leadership group:  Abraham Cardenas, Laura Walter, Brittany Wilson, Bailey Bruner, Andrew Downing, Madison Powers, Emily, Nielsen, Hailey Logan, and Katelyn Hart who spent a crazy whirlwind hour transforming a middle school gym into a magical winter wonderland.  Following the dance, a small group of students chose to stay and help clean-up.  They’ve heard it many times this year, “Always leave it better than you found it,” and this group of five students did just that, earning recognition from staff the following school day.

Additional recognition goes to Eagle Point High School students, Tyler Downing and Ivan Iranda for being the DJs at the dance and to the awesome staff and parents who stayed late on a Friday night to ensure our students would have a safe and memorable evening.

Upcoming events to look for include Val-O-Grams thanks to the efforts of Madison Bartlett and Katelyn Hart (6th), Laura Walter and Madison Powers (7th), and Cheyenne Gabica and Kyna Burke (8th); Dress Like a Professional Spirit Day; and many others.  Leadership students will also be helping set-up, greet guests, serve refreshments, and will be providing clean-up services at the upcoming Awards Night honoring students who have earned a 4.0 GPA as well as 3.5 or higher and perfect attendance for the first semester.

They say middle school is “unique”; I would say it is the combined efforts of staff, students, parents, and community members that make the middle school experience unique!

By Heather Hohnstein
Eagle Point Middle School

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