2020 – 2021 American Fork High School
Student Council Application
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Dear Potential Student Council Member,
Thank you for your interest in Student Council at American Fork High School. We are excited to see what the year will bring and hope to make it a memorable year for everyone! We will be making a few small changes this year as the program evolves so its structure matches its purpose. The positions on council this year will include:
Student Body President (Senior)
Student Body Vice President (Junior)
Student Body Secretary (Junior or Senior)
Student Body Publicity (Junior or Senior)
Student Bondy Finance (Junior or Senior)
Student Body Spirit Officer (Senior)
Student Body Academics (Junior or Senior)
Cabinet (6 members from each class.)
Note: Sophomores can only run for cabinet and will be appointed by advisors. SBO academics will also be an appointed position.
Student body officers will use their skills to help train the committees formed throughout the year from the cabinet. This arrangement will allow cabinet members to have a variety of experiences, making them more well-rounded leaders, and will allow SBO’s to practice capacity-building leadership techniques.
AFHS student council has a philosophy of distributed leadership. This philosophy is encapsulated in the following quotes (memorize them, write them down, live by them, maybe even quote them in your interview):
“The fundamental role of leader is moving away from a model where the leader shows, directs and tells and towards one where the leaders sees, provokes, asks and unleashes the capability of others.”- From The Multiplier Effect
“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” -Jack Welch
“The real key to leadership is inspiring others to be leaders. The key to strong relationships is helping to bring out the best in people we love. The key to true happiness is finding joy in helping others become happier. And the key to achieving your highest potential starts by helping others achieve theirs.” -Shawn Anchor
This philosophy is central to fulfilling the mission of student council: “to serve our students so they have their best high school experience”. Expect to not just make AFHS a better place to be but to become better yourself. Weekly lessons on creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking will challenge you to improve your leadership abilities and like any class, you will receive grades in these areas.
Many will look to you as a cultural leader of the school. This means your behavior should always exhibit the best of AFHS. Whether you accept it or not, while on council you are held to a higher standard. Your journey through elections and serving on council will not be easy as many hours of dedication are required, but it will definitely be worth it and will be an experience you can take with you forever. We look forward to being on the journey with you.
Mrs. Beckstead, Mr. Davis, Mr. Marianno
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Important Dates ……………………………………………….pg. 3 (initial)
Eligibility for Council…………………………………………..pg. 4 (initial)
Election Policies………………………………………………..pg. 5 (initial)
Parent/Student Contract……………………………………….pg. 8 (signature)
Personal Information Release…………………………………..pg. 9 (signature)
Council Roles and Responsibilities……………………………...pg. 10
Student Council Applications Available
Sophomore Cabinet interviews at AFHS. Meet in room 105 at your chosen time. Dress to impress. All parts of the application are due when you interview.
Interview sign-ups available on Google Classroom. Please sign-up for any available group experience date AND individual interview date ASAP.
Sophomore cabinet results posted on Google Classroom
Lunch meeting in room 102/103.
Group experience takes place 2:45-4:30. Meet in room 105 at AFHS.
Training day #1. Important things are decided and learned on this day. Make arrangements to attend. Work is not an excuse for missing. Sweater fitting will likely occur this day.
Parent meeting in room 102/103 at AFHS. 7:00-7:30 PM.
Training day #2. Important things are decided and learned on this day. Make arrangements to attend. Work is not an excuse for missing.
Group experience takes place 2:45-4:30. Meet in room 105 at AFHS
Help with Senior Dinner Dance (You will sign up for this)
Individual interviews take place at AFHS. Meet in room 105 at your chosen time. Dress to impress and bring your portfolio.
Help with The Rock (You will sign up for this)
Applications due. Turn in paper application with signatures and official transcript to Mr. Marianno in Room 105. Google classroom pieces are due at midnight: General information form, teacher recommendations and ballot information form)
We will likely be partnering with a new organization in lieu of our usual Dixie Leadership Camp. The leadership training will take place locally over the summer, and we will alert you of the dates as soon as we know.
All posters are due to Mr. Marianno in room 105 for all positions by 7:45 am.
Steel Days. SBO’s required. Other council may help out if available.
Elections for all positions (except Sophomore cabinet & SBO Academic). Students will be notified of results after school on the 20th. Turn in campaign budgets on Google Classroom by 2:30 PM on the 20th.
Training Days #3-#4. Important things are decided and learned on this day. Make arrangements to attend. Work is not an excuse for missing. You’ll also help with Sophomore Orientation and make final preparations for Welcome Week.
By initialing this page, I confirm that I have read and agree to be in attendance on the dates listed. Any conflicts must be discussed with advisors far in advance with a plan for accounting for what will be missed.
Student initials: ____________ Parent initials: ___________
Eligibility for Council
By initialing this page, I confirm that I have read the criteria above and am eligible for council.
Student initials: ____________ Parent initials: ___________
Any candidate found in violation of any of these rules will be immediately disqualified.
A group experience and personal interview will be conducted as part of the application process. Sign up for interviews on Google Classroom. See the important dates page for interview times and location. During the group experience, you will be scored on your ability to demonstrate collaboration, creativity, problem-solving, listening, and prioritizing information. No need to dress up. You will be doing some of the work actual council does for this one.
Individual interviews will be scored on your leadership philosophy and qualifications for the position you are applying for. Dress to impress. You will bring a portfolio to the interview to demonstrate your qualifications and leadership philosophy. See the portfolio requirements below.
President and Vice President Portfolio
These positions involve conveying a vision, delegating responsibilities and following up with those you lead. Both positions involve setting the example and tone for what it means to be a leader on student council. Please provide a portfolio establishing your vision for council and the school next year. Give us an idea of your leadership philosophy and how you plan on working with others. Also demonstrate how your prior experience has prepared you for this position.
This position involves keeping council organized and accountable. Please provide in your portfolio your organization techniques both physical and digital. Provide a vision for how you plan on helping council stay organized and accountable for their assignments. Demonstrate any experience you might have with workflow solutions like Trello and Band. Demonstrate how your prior experience has prepared you for this position.
Three things this person must be capable of are: Artistic skills, an eye for design, and marketing knowledge. Please provide a portfolio of your work demonstrating your skills in illustrator/photoshop and your design of a poster for Preference this year. The theme is “Classic” like 50’s diner, classic cars, etc.. Remember to include in your portfolio various styles in your artwork to show your range (Hint: Your election poster should be top-notch too).
This position requires tracking the many expenses of student council and balancing a budget. Please provide a portfolio demonstrating your organization and ability to balance a budget. What is your overall budgeting philosophy? Demonstrate how your prior experience has prepared you for this position.
This person must be capable of getting the student body to follow them. They must also be dynamic as they lead assemblies and cheers. Include in your portfolio a draft of a spirit assembly (50 mins), your past experiences involving school spirit, and your plan to get more students attending events beyond major sports. Please demonstrate how you have been prepared for this position.
This student must be passionate about academics. They also must be capable of working with teachers and administrators. Please provide a portfolio demonstrating your academic achievement. Also, convey a vision for how you plan on improving academic achievement at AFHS.
Students on cabinet must be capable of contributing their strengths to a variety of tasks and positions. They must also be hard-working and capable of following through with assignments. Please demonstrate through your portfolio what strengths you will bring to student council and your ability to work hard. Let us see how you have been prepared for this position.
Note: A more detailed list of the roles and responsibilities for positions on council can be found on page 10.
Google Classroom Election Assignments
Use this list to ensure you have completed all application requirements on Google Classroom.
SBO and Cabinet Elections will be determined by the following:
Sophomore Cabinet will be determined by the following:
Student Council Ambassadors
Next year we will be experimenting with a new opportunity. If you are not elected to student council or if you feel that student council will be too much of a time commitment or if you are nervous to campaign, but you still want a chance to develop leadership skills and serve the school, you can join Student Council Ambassadors. Student Council Ambassadors will be a club that meets monthly, and anytime we have a major event, to help student council fulfill its mission. Student Council Ambassadors will help perform any tasks needed to pull off successful events. They will also be a valuable organization that gives helpful feedback to make events better. You will get in free to any events you contribute to and may even earn some nice swag. This will be something you can put on your resume and will give you valuable experience if you plan on running for student council in the future!
By initialing this page, I confirm that I have read, understand, and agree to abide by all election policies.
Student initials: ____________ Parent initials: __________
By signing below, I agree to the policies above. I hereby certify that all of the information contained in this application is correct and true. I authorize American Fork High School to verify my grade point average and other information deemed necessary that may affect my performance as a member of the American Fork High School Student Council. I further understand that any misrepresentation on my part will result in my disqualification for this position.
Student Signature ________________________________________________ Date ______________
Parent Signature _________________________________________________ Date ______________
ALPINE SCHOOL DISTRICT
Student Personal Information Release – School and District Publications
From time to time, your child’s name and/or photo might be considered for publication/display in a school/district created web page or publication. Please take to review the Information Release Form and select all appropriate options. If your preference changes during the year, you are responsible for contacting the school and completing a new form. If you have any other questions, please contact the school before signing.
Please initial in the line(s) below to indicate you agree to give permission.
WEB RELEASE: For publication on school/district created web pages
_____ The school and district have permission to display my child’s photo.
_____ The school and district have permission to display my child’s photo with first and last name attached.
I understand that this information will be available to anyone on the Internet.
Please note that this does not replace the District’s Acceptable Use Policy or imply permission to
use internet services.
PUBLICATION RELEASE: For school, district, and other publications (i.e. local newspapers)
_____ The school, district, and other publications have permission to display my child’s photo.
_____ The school, district, and other publications have permission to display my child’s photo with first and last name attached.
By signing below, I verify that I understand the above release and that I have indicated my preferences. By leaving a box empty, I am indicating that I do not wish for permission to be granted. If my preferences change during the school year, I will contact the school.
Parent/Legal Guardian Signature Date
Child’s Name (please print) Child’s Grade
Schools should keep the completed form on file at the school
AFHS Student Body Officer Roles & Responsibilities
SBO President (Senior Only)
SBO Vice President (Junior Only)
SBO Secretary (Senior or Junior)
SBO Publicity (Senior or Junior)
SBO Finance (Senior or Junior)
SBO Spirit (Senior only)