Online learning is officially underway and students, families, and staff are becoming more familiar with it. Students have their schedules down and are able to navigate through synchronous and asynchronous learning. However, it is at this point in the school year, especially for high school students, in which students would experience different social events. With COVID-19 restrictions, in-person social events are not taking place, but West Valley High School’s Associated Student Body (ASB) won’t let that stop them.
Students began thinking outside of the box and created multiple events in which students can participate and remain active in their school community. Activities include a Spooky-School themed Coloring Book Contest, a Virtual Talent Show, and a Voter Registration Drive for seniors. ASB made presentations for ideas and the team as a whole voted to prioritize ideas that would work best from a distance. Working groups were then created to iron out details and create revisions before the team gave the green light. These “distance activities” were created to “support each other even when we can’t meet physically on campus,” said Chad Walch, Junior Class President.
The Coloring Book Contest is open during September. Entries will be compiled in a book and distributed in October. The Virtual Talent Show allows students to showcase their talents. Since the event is taking place virtually, students will send a video of them performing their talent to the judges. By sending in a video, students will be able to showcase talents that wouldn’t be able to be performed on a stage such as baking, painting, athletics, and more. Seniors will also be able to participate in the voter registration drive on social media and have the opportunity to purchase West Valley Merchandise Boxes, which will feature water bottles, decals, shirts, and a school logo branded face mask.
“When the pandemic first hit, a lot of activities were canceled. But, we are learning how to do new things so our students don’t miss out during the fall,” said ASB Advisor Billy Valenzuela.
Great job to the West Valley High School ASB team for creating these events. We hope you enjoy these activities as much as the ASB team had in creating them!