Bringing the Student Body Together

Student Body meetings are more than just something to attend one Wednesday each month, more than simply a time to laugh at humorous skits. In fact, they really aren’t simply “meetings” at all—they are relaxing, eventful times to engage and unite the students, giving them lifelong memories.

“We aim to unify the student body by encouraging and uplifting them during the semester,” said Gordon Badgett (Sr., South Africa), current Student Body pianist. “I enjoy communicating with my peers up on stage where we can relate with each other as students.”

With guidance from staff coordinators, student-elected officers—president, vice president, chaplain, secretary, chorister, and pianist—plan and lead the meetings, with songs, short devotionals, and humorous skits or other entertainment.

The meetings inform the student body of upcoming events such as the blood drive and Fine Arts; encourage them to get involved in activities such as voting or sending cards to servicemen overseas; and acquaint them with student life, such as what to do—or not do—during White Glove.

The officers work hard to present these programs in an entertaining way. Ashley Salinas (’13, NV), 2013 Student Body secretary, said that the officers want to do much more than just inform or perform. “We want to make a difference for the student body,” she said.

Ashley especially appreciated the opportunity to help coordinate the 2013 Missions Run, which resulted in a $33,000 donation to missions. “Being able to witness the great unity of our student body rallying for the cause of Christ was the most rewarding thing I was able to experience as an officer,” she said.

Through their dedication, the officers provide some of the fondest memories for the entire student body. Even with the hard work and expectations of leadership, Gordon, speaking for all the officers, said, “It’s been an experience I would never change.”

Published 4/10/2014