Opinions: Nayak knows: Already reminiscing


I adjust the clouds attached to the boxes that the Homecoming Court stood on during the dance after being introduced, Oct. 5. As a Homecoming Court chair, I was able to crown Josh Ocuaman (12) as Homecoming King that night at the dance. If not for StuCo, I would never have that opportunity.

As a senior, I can’t believe that I’ve already passed up so many StuCo lasts: my last StuCo Lock-In, my last class wall, my last Spirit Week, my last 7:00 a.m. StuCo Homecoming decorating and my last Homecoming Dance.

While I’ve never been a class officer, I have always tried to take on leadership positions within StuCo. I chaired the class wall for the past three years; I was a Homecoming Court chair this year; I’m a Canned Food Drive chair and I’d like to be a chair for Mr. EHS later in the school year.

Being able to attach my name to something as big, literally, as the class wall gives me pride for my school. I feel like I’m contributing.

I obviously can’t take credit for the class wall on my own. Lauren von Seelen is the genius artist behind the King and Queen cards. Leah Rundquist and Becca Weitzel hosted  poster parties to construct the wall, and it couldn’t have been completed without the help of all of the StuCo seniors.

But that’s the point. We all worked together on a masterpiece that ended up winning Best Overall Wall during the Spirit Competition. Keeping the class wall in my trunk for the past two-and-a-half months was completely worth it because I know that I was able to do my part to help the Class of 2014. My friends suffered commutes smooshed in the back seat, backpacks and textbooks piled on their laps.

Never for a second have I regretted being in StuCo.

I remember when Nicole Breer and I sat in a basement painfully twisting butcher paper into vines for the Jungle Boogie winter dance to help a decorating committee freshman year.

I remember the countless poster parties that Morgan Fryman and I hosted to complete the class wall sophomore year.

I remember sprinting from spot to spot around the school with my team for the annual Lock-In scavenger hunt while trying to avoid getting caught because running was not allowed.

I remember spending hours collecting and counting cans that I knew would directly help the community. I’ve collected and donated over 750 cans to our Canned Food Drive. Junior year, I spent over 20 hours hanging can collection flyers on neighbors’ doors and sitting at the front of grocery stores to collect donations. I plan on doing the same this year.

I remember staying at school until almost midnight for the Mr. EHS dress rehearsal with the other ushers and chairs junior year.

I can’t help but be a little reminiscent.

I would absolutely recommend joining StuCo to anyone who has school spirit, wants to meet new people, is willing to work with a team or looking for leadership roles.

Don’t get me wrong; I’m counting down the days until graduation (225 days, in case you were wondering) and ready to move on to a new environment. It’s strange to think that in one year, I will be in a completely new school, in a new city, surrounded by new people, doing new things.

But, there is nothing like StuCo in college. Sure, I could join a sorority or the Student Government, but neither is quite like StuCo at EHS. While I will participate in homecoming activities at whatever school I will call home in the future, I wonder if I will feel as so thoroughly connected with my entire class and school community as I am here. I think not.

So, as I go through my everyday school life, I will  remember to cherish my StuCo  moments because they will soon be memories I can never replace.