Story by Student Journalist Ashlyn Drew
While Coronavirus has impacted all of our lives in countless ways, one of the most notable changes has been transitioning to online learning. With online classes, Casteel’s student body has not been able to participate in as many spirited and engaging activities as hoped for. However, Casteel’s Student Government is working tirelessly to change this. From exciting games and opportunities offered virtually to boosting student involvement once we can return in person, StuGo (Student Government) members are doing everything in their power to boost morale with our current circumstances.
Currently, many of the school’s planned sporting events have been pushed back to a later date (with some exceptions) due to social distancing requirements and further health guidelines. Student Government is typically extremely involved in promoting the school’s sports teams, and is working closely with administration (who in turn communicate with the school district) to receive any information on possible starting dates. Furthermore, certain events are still being planned on, whether this means they take place on a later date than usual or not. The StuGo president, senior Ellie McClure, explains that “we [Student Government members] are working really hard to create opportunities to make memories in the 2020-21 school year and as StuGo have already started planning for homecoming and prom. We hope to provide our student body with the opportunity to participate in our school dances while staying safe. We will have a homecoming and prom unless otherwise told by the district.”
Exciting upcoming events include Casteel’s very own virtual club rush, where students will be introduced to new and continuing clubs offered around the school. The school will also proudly present their first ever virtual talent show, in which students may submit videos to perform and display specific talents and interests in their own way. The idea for this activity came from Angie Bartolone, a junior representative. Angie adds that “we thought it would be a great way to showcase and celebrate students who have talents that, unlike sports, aren’t usually seen or appreciated.” Additionally, Olivia Torres, who is a StuGo social media advisor, states that “the goal for putting on the talent show was to see the spirit and talent Casteel students have. Schooling is obviously very difficult given the circumstances, and we just wanted to give our student body a fun way to express themselves in the meantime. We hope that this talent show helps students become more outgoing and more involved in school culture for the rest of high school.” If interested, students may first join the talent show google classroom with the following code: “svpmghj” (all lowercase). The next step is to fill out the provided permission form. To be included, every candidate will submit a school appropriate video to be included in the virtual talent show. The deadline for this opportunity is September 10th, 2020, so mark your calendars! Soon after submissions are reviewed, Casteel students will be able to vote for their favorite submissions through Infinite Campus, and the main event will be broadcasted for student viewers, hosted and narrated by an official emcee. Keep an eye out for the official details soon!
Casteel’s Student Government is doing their best to bring students the most memorable and involved school experience possible, and your ideas are always welcome! Even if you are unsure of a possible activity, it is highly encouraged that you share your thoughts with StuGo members by communicating through Twitter or Instagram and staying up to date through social media posts. The official Twitter handle is @CasteelStuGo, and it’s @casteelstugo on Instagram as well.