By Ryan Dutch
In response to a lack of student voice on campus, Junior, Nicholas Jaber has created a student congress to address issues of concern for the student body and faculty. As a spearhead to the body’s efforts, Jaber will address the issue of extending lunch by five minutes by taking five minutes out of the break period.
“The five minutes isn’t coming out of any constructive time- it’s coming out of break,” said Jaber. “In my opinion, break is just a glorified passing period.”
The student congress was recently started due to Jaber’s concern that ASB wasn’t politically centered, addressing student’s and faculty’s political concerns, and serving as a bridge between students and administration. Jaber remained in communication with Vice Principal, Jack Cusik and ASB Director, April Helliwell who agreed to sanction a committee as a separate entity from ASB, yet sponsored by ASB as long as the concerns and propositions were realistic. The move to extend lunch by five minutes is the first of many future propositions the congress will propose.
“We have to get a legitimate population of students involved to find out what students think and what students want,” said Jaber. “Once we have enough students and voices backing a proposition that is in the best interest for everyone, we can present that proposition to a faculty meeting.”
The move to extend lunch would affect not only students, but teachers and faculty as well. Currently, the thirty minute lunch period congests the senior parking lot during the first ten minutes, leaves students who purchase their lunch at school rushed to eat after minutes of waiting in line, and threatens the effectiveness of most clubs. The student congress would lobby for this change by using the strategy of strength in numbers.
“I think ASB is great, but I don’t think we represent the entire student body. The first step to changing the culture of our school and integrating the student body more effectively is to put students in the same room and have them fight for a common cause- it’s very powerful,” said Jaber. “Anyone is welcome and everyone can be involved.”
As of now, the student congress doesn’t have a weekly meeting date, however meetings will be announced over the announcements and will take place in the ASB room by the Career Center. Students who wish to participate can check out the Facebook page, NHHS Student Congress to find more information.