It’s no secret that our school’s student body officers are arguably the most “popular” kids in school. However, students often forget about the hard work and dedication it takes to be an SBO. First off, let’s talk a little bit about what it takes to become one.
In May, Sophomores and Juniors can submit an application with a transcript to the office or SBO advisor. If their grades are up to standard, they are admitted into a primary election. The top few candidates for each of the eight positions continue onto the final round where each is required to do an interview on the Logan High news and make several posters, an outside display, and a short video. They must also execute a 2-minute speech in front of the student body on election day. Sounds easy, right?
Wrong. These candidates spend countless hours making posters (they take way longer than you’d think—I’m talking from personal experience!) as well as thinking up and filming their creative videos.
“I joke with people that this is my permanent residence… It’s a lot of time here, but luckily I enjoy it. I like LHS more than is healthy for me.”
“It’s not necessarily hard, but takes lots of time,” said Hunter Goring, student body vice president.
After the election, the new officers get straight to work helping the resident officers with Beach Week. Throughout the summer, they attend leadership camps and plan for the next school year. Overall, the SBOs are in charge of more than 40 events/activities here at Logan High School. This requires early planning, lots of organization, and LOTS of poster-making. Though they do spend a lot of time outside of school executing their plans, a lot of the magic happens during school--during their SBO class period—and on their trusty Group Me message.
I asked our class president, Alex Lambert, what makes these long working-hours bearable and he replied, “It’s all worth it for people having a good time. You have to really enjoy LHS. I joke with people that this is my permanent residence… It’s a lot of time here, but luckily I enjoy it. I like LHS more than is healthy for me.”
Not only do SBOs represent the student body, but they are the channel between the administration and our students as well. They meet with administrators to discuss issues and report on the situations of the students, but also carry the brunt of the blow if things with the student body go awry. In one incident this Homecoming week involving the Movie on the Lawn, student body officers were accountable for many actions of the students and held to high expectations in supporting the administration’s decisions. This tug-of-war, if you will, with the expectations of the administration and expressing the voice of the students puts pressure on these representatives, but it’s all part of the job.
When explaining the benefits of being an SBO, Alex Lambert said, “[We’re] put in a position to naturally interact with the student body.” He also added that they are forced to communicate with people at a level that may not be in their comfort zone.
Vice President, Hunter Goring, added his thoughts that the greatest reward of being a student body officer is being able to get to know so many new people and growing his love for Logan High.
There are so many redeeming qualities of this school. No matter the bumps and rough patches or the holes in the ceiling, Logan High remains dear to many of our hearts. Nobody embodies school spirit as much as our school’s student body officers, and they deserve applause. Through ups and downs, their support for this school never ceases. And they do so much more for us, the student body, than most of us realize. Student body officers are more than just pretty faces and cool sweaters, and they deserve credit for all the sacrifices they make for us.
So next time you see an SBO in the halls or at one of their activities, feel free to wave or say, “Thanks for what you do,” because it’s nice to show that their hard work pays off.