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Ariana Aragon, Shelden DeLara, and Andre Bethea speak at state as new conference coordinators.
Photo credit: —Nicolette Young

Bernalillo High School receives Gold Level Student Council

Each weekday at Bernalillo High School (BHS) at around 7:10 a.m., there is a large group of students waiting eagerly outside room 154 to come in. As the teacher arrives students tell her that she is late, even though she is twenty minutes early for class. These students are the BHS Student Council and they aren’t waiting for a meeting or for class, they are waiting to come in, hang out, talk, give morning hugs and share life stories. 

Student Council is not just about earning a graduation cord or accolades but much more. Student Council at BHS is a family. Many students attribute attending school because of Student Council. “Student Council is a way to make a difference in myself, in others and in my school. Being in Student Council has affected me by making me aspire to be a better student, person, leader, and son.” said Student Body Vice President Jerome Trujillo. 

Recently 17 BHS Student Council delegates attended the annual New Mexico Association of Student Council’s State Conference held this year at Centennial High School in Las Cruces.  Along with 65 other schools in the state BHS competed in five different categories at the State Conference level. Each school competes in Roll Call , Scrapbook of the Year, Project, Banner and Student Council of the Year. For the second year in a row Bernalillo High School student council won a Gold Level Student Council of the Year and for the first time, they took Delegates Choice First Place in the Project of the Year School Spirit Category, Second Place Project of the Year Citizenship category and Third Place for Scrapbook of the Year. From twenty members to almost seventy in the last couple of years, this is a huge accomplishment for the council. Advisor Liz Gonzales says “ It’s not about competing against others schools in these categories for a win, but it’s about growing as a council, giving back to our community, providing opportunities for students, showcasing what student council is all about, and what projects we have done to make our school, our community, and our lives better. Each school submits entries that take a lot of effort and time, but for my council, it’s about being better than we were the day, the month, or the year before and it’s about making a difference in the lives of others.”

Along with these honors, BHS Student Council will also hold the honor of being the host school for the 2018 New Mexico Association of Student Councils State Conference. An event this large has never been held at Bernalillo High School before. More than 1,100 students and advisors will attend the leadership conference next February. BHS Student Council has already begun planning to make it a great leadership experience for all stakeholders. Student Conference Coordinator Shelden DeLara say “ Having the opportunity to now host the state conference and even be a conference coordinator is truly an outcome I never expected student council would bring me.” Co-Conference Student Coordinator and Student Body President Andre Bethea says “Hosting state next year gives us a chance to showcase our school and the community I have grown up in and loved for so long. It gives a sense of pride to us as members of the council and it allows for the community to have an excellent opportunity to show others what Bernalillo has to offer”

In the next couple of months BHS Student Council will be completing twenty time projects which allows students to complete a project with a specific audience in mind that allows them to foster autonomous learning, care, compassion and empathy for others. Students will design the learning process themselves and carry out projects for the homeless, civil servants, the elderly, the youth, encouraging kindness and more that will better the community and the school. Students blog about their project weekly will complete elevator pitches, and a final TED talk style presentation at the end of the project. 

Cub Scouts race and frolic in March

“Our Pack will compete in the District Pinewood Derby and everyone’s welcome to cheer for the boys,” invites Cub Master David Gardner. The Pinewood Derby competition for the Rio Grande District will be held on March 4 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1100 Montaño Road NW, in Albuquerque. The races begin at 9:00 a.m.

On March 3, the scouts will travel to the Santa Fe Ski Basin to investigate the wonders of snow and winter fun.

By the end of April, Cub Master Gardner expects all of the boys will have advanced to the next rank. The Pack has four dens fully staffed with skilled leaders ready to move the boys through their courses. Currently, there are two active dens for the seven through eleven year olds.

Pack 708’s meetings are held at the LDS Church Center in Bernalillo, west of I-25’s Exit 240. The weekly meetings occur on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. New scout members always are welcome in the Pack. Planning meetings with parents are held on the month’s fourth Tuesday.

For further information about the Cub Scouts, contact David Gardner at 867-4689 or Snow Watson, Coronado Optimist Club’s Scout Liaison, at 867-2047.

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