Student leaders give the inside story of the eighth grade campout
The sixth grade newspaper is back!
This year's team of young journalists (pictured above) distributed copies of their first issue today.
The newspaper was begun in January 2020 by an enthusiastic crew of now-eighth graders. It's just one of the many wonderful things - like interscholastic athletics competitions - that were interrupted by the pandemic and are now back on track this fall.
The newspaper is part of the weekly fifth and sixth grade activities, which also include chorus, percussion, yoga, library helpers, and the environmental ambassadors.
The first issue contains a charming interview with the Student Council Co-Leaders, below, who share their perspectives on leadership, public speaking, time travel and last week's eighth grade campout on Engle Field.
What does it feel like to be Student Council Co-Presidents? What are the ups, and downs?
W: It’s really cool, and awesome. Last year, I thought I definitely wouldn’t be president. But then I found out that I won, and I felt amazing. And then I found out who my Co-President was, and I felt even better. I feel really nervous whenever I have to speak, so that’s a downside, but then I get up there and it’s worth it.
Z: I think that being a student co-president is really fun, and I’ve been here since Nursery, so I remember looking up to them, and thinking “Wow, they’re so big and cool. It’s really nice to go up and see people whose days I could influence, and make better.” One of the downsides, well I don’t think of it as a downside, is being nervous. Giving speeches is nerve-racking, and there are all these worries in your head. In the end, though, it’s worth it.
What is some advice you would give to aspiring Student Council Co-Presidents?
W: I guess, like, during speeches, lots of people were saying the same thing, like the same things other Student Council Co-Presidents had said in their speeches. Both of us, our speeches were different from the rest. The point is, I guess, be different, and be yourself. Don’t think you can’t do something. Before my speech, all I thought was: “I’m not going to make it, I’m not going to make it.” But then, I thought, “What if I do make it?” That’s what I thought about during the speech. I know this sounds kind of corny, but, be yourself.
Z: So, my advice for seventh graders who are thinking about running for Student Co-President, is that there are a few criteria you have to meet: like are you ready to give speeches? But if you think you could do it, it’s a really good experience, even if you don’t win, because you feel part of a community, and it’s a really good running experience for a politician, a writer, or an actor because of public speaking.
If you could go back in time, what would you say to your sixth grade selves?
W: I guess, I was so nervous about making friends on the first day, and I didn’t know anyone. I guess I would tell myself, don’t worry, you’ll have a great group of friends, and, I guess keep going, and you’re amazing, and you can do great things, and keep going because you can do awesome things.
Z: My advice for sixth grade me is probably to ask more questions, and be more curious about learning, because sometimes, I didn’t fully understand what we were learning, and something I know about myself is that I’m very curious, so my advice would be to be very, very curious.
Lastly, we heard that the eighth grade had an overnight campout at Gordon? How did it go?
W: So basically, we started off the day with playing some games like charades and capture the flag, and then after that, we rode for like an hour in a coach bus to Treetop Adventures. After we did Treetop Adventures, we rode back home, and got our stuff, like games and snacks. Then we went outside, and set up tents. Then we went and ate some pizza, and we played Manhunt. It was pitch black. Then we ate ice cream, and watched Transformers, which was not very popular. Then we stayed up for a really long time talking and eating food. We woke up early, and went home. I was “zonked” the whole Saturday. I wish it was more than one day!
Z: The day started out. It was a bit cold, and looked rainy, so we were all a bit worried. But then we played charades, and Kravitz advisory won. Then we played capture the flag and rode for a while to Treetop Adventures. We had to watch the safety presentation, but after that we had our snacks and put on our harnesses. Then we listened to the “before you go on the ropes” presentation, but it went really fast. We all went on, and most of us started on the yellow and green courses, which were the easiest, but quickly moved on to blue, which had more ziplines. Some even went on the Black Diamond course, which was really hard, but really fun. And some of us—aka me—forgot lunch because I was having so much fun. I ate when I got home, though. Then, after we packed up at home, we went back to school, which was very weird. Then, we set up our tents, which took a while. We had dinner, which was very good, and played Manhunt, it is unclear who won. Then we had ice cream, which was very good, and watched Transformers, but a more grown-up version. I thought I wouldn’t like it, but I ended up liking it a lot. Then we brushed our teeth, and went to bed. I woke up to the sound of the swings, because one of the kids had woken up early and gone on the swings. Naturally, I went on the swings. It was really fun.