Leading Through the Pandemic
By Madison Deal and Trinity Kohnen
Not even a pandemic can get in the way of Shenango Peer Leadership’s passion for making wishes come true. This year’s Peer Leaders are more determined than ever to carry on the tradition of supporting the Make-a-Wish foundation.
Peer Leaders are refusing to let the likelihood of no February production stand in the way of what they do best, and that is making lives better for those in need. Due to Covid, they are not sure what restrictions and regulations they have to follow, but in the meantime, they are already actively raising money to support their favorite cause.
“Peer Leaders will be doing little fundraisers throughout the school year,” Mrs. Rudesill stated. “We’re going to do monthly auctions for baskets. We’re going to do themed days. We’re selling Daffin’s candy bars at lunches and throughout the day.”
Peer Leadership is led by president Camille Alexander, vice president Carmen Medvit, secretary Abbi Zeigler, treasurer Mia Edwards, and historians Alexandra Columbus and Sydney White.
There are obviously going to be many changes when it comes to how the officers are running Peer Leadership this year, but Camille is not letting that deter her from her goals. “I am so excited and honored to be the Peer Leadership president this year. I hope to make it a great, eventful year, even though we aren’t sure what the remainder of this year will look like,” Camille states.” “Because of COVID, we probably won’t be able to host our annual Make-A-Wish event. Regardless of the circumstances, we are going to get creative with our fundraising efforts and keep our spirits high for a great year.”
Sydney White is also facing all of the challenges that this year brings head-on, “I’m most looking forward to my new role as historian, Sydney states.” “I also look forward to still finding ways to make money for wishes without a production.”
Not only are the officers surrounded by their Peer Leadership classmates as they endeavor to overcome the obstacles of a pandemic year, but they are also joined by fresh voices as eight new sophomore members.
“Generally, at the end of the ninth grade year, a survey is sent out to all the teachers and they vote on the top 10. Then we go through all of the votes, and we select the top seven to eight,” Mrs. Rudesill explained. “ If you don’t get picked in your sophomore year, you always have an opportunity your junior year before the end of the first nine weeks to submit a letter of interest along with two teacher recommendations.”
This year’s new sophomores include Olivia Conaway, Ashley DeCarbo, Emilee Fedrizzi, Olivia Hooks, Michael Othites, Mia Pisano, Morgan Pisula, and Kylee Rubin.
There are many things to look forward to with being a new member this year in Peer Leadership. Although the circumstances are different this year, Ashley DeCarbo is still looking forward to her new role as a Peer Leader. “I am excited to be in Peer Leadership this year and to be able to be a part of granting kids their wishes,” Ashley states.
Michael Othites is another new member this year, “I am looking forward to being part of a group that is making a difference,” he states.