Class of 2010 sets the Centerville Record
All Girl Class Officers Rule The Seniors
By Jill Kelly, Dayton Daily News, May 28, 2010
CENTERVILLE — Girls rule.At least they did the 2009-10 school year at Centerville High School where, for the first time in school history, all the senior class officers were girls.
Bob Bowman has been the class officer adviser for five years.
“During that time, we never even had a girl president (until this year),” he said, adding that it is just the second time in nine years for a girl to hold the highest student office.
Bowman said during their campaign to become officers, the girls went for positions that would not only complement them personally, but the group as a whole.
“We thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be awesome if we all were officers?’ ” said Senior Class President Megana Rao, who will attend Harvard University in the fall. “We all are friends, but we also work well together.”
When there was a tie for the office of secretary, Bowman said the two girls involved worked it out on their own.
“It’s kind of ironic because usually when you think of a group of teenage girls, you think about them not getting along,” Secretary Alex Dereix said. “But it worked for us this year.”
Although historic, Rao said gender was a non-issue for her.
“We were all the best qualified for the positions,” she said. “There have been numerous times when (the senior class officers) were all males, and nobody batted an eye. I think it is empowering to see that we are all strong female leaders.”
Business Manager Katy Steele noted that all seven officers worked hard, shared responsibilities and pulled their weight.
Their friendship helped them want to spend more time working together, as well.
“We enjoyed going to meetings,” said Kelli Kinzig, South Unit representative.
Added Vice President Jessica Corns: “We wanted to miss our lunch periods to do it.”
Bowman said, in addition to their good working relationship, “they had lofty goals, right from the start.”
Those goals and the senior class officers’ remarkable efforts over the school year are what will be remembered.
They were instrumental in raising $1,000 for the Haiti Relief Fund and $1,700 for the Noah’s Ark Heart Relief Program. They also have been involved in various food relief efforts, Relay for Life and more.
But the most significant contribution was the fact that they helped raise a school-record $47,000 for the annual Spirit Chain campaign. The previous record was $36,000.
“They wanted to crack $50,000,” Bowman said. “But, with the economy as it is, we (teachers) tried to downplay that, and suggest that they just try to break the record. ... But the girls were like, ‘No, we can do this.’ ”
Bowman added that this year’s group did an outstanding job of promoting community service and getting people involved in the many events they helped sponsor.
“They impressed me with their willingness to work together for the good of the school without any desire for recognition for their efforts,” he said.
The senior class officers said breaking the Spirit Chain record probably was the highlight of their work, but they said they see the whole year as a success.
“This was my first year on student council,” said Dereix, who is headed for the College of Wooster. “I think it was probably my best decision in high school, to join student council.”
“I think we really showed what it takes to be a leader,” Corns said.
In addition to Rao, Corns, Steele, Dereix and Kinzig, the senior class officers included representatives Lauren Johnson and Jordan Wilson.