According to Koering, the student union “rules the school.” They make the decisions on homecoming, snowball and prom, but they also engage students within the community such as through food and blood drives.
But student union wasn’t quite enough for Koering. During his junior year, he started Newscast, a club made up of students who liked to film, create videos and report the news. He was very excited and proud of the group. However, just as things were ramping up, COVID-19 forced schools to close and students shifted to distance learning the remainder of the year.
So, when Koering’s senior year went back and forth between hybrid, distance and in-person learning models, his Newscast group wasn’t able to meet and continue. Without Newscast, Koering had time to try other new things.
“My senior year, I picked up the [school] play
,” says Koering. “That was a new experience!”
Despite the challenges of his senior year, he was determined to make the best of it.
This year, the student union met virtually once a week to come up with ideas to create positive school culture since school sports were not an option and school activities could either be on or called off at a moment’s notice.
“We did things like blood drives and giveaways,” says Koering. “We tried to maintain participation in things outside of academics in school. So, we did a few challenges, dress-up days, photos and videos of trick shots
you could submit.” Continue reading