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Trinity hears student voices

The students at Dickinson's Trinity High School have a voice on the issues involving campus life.

Student Voice is an organization of students which serves as an intermediary between students and the administration.

"Basically, it's to make our school more positive. We bring concerns of our fellow students to the administrators and teachers," said Amy Grinsteinner.

Trinity also has a Student Council, which is elected by the student body. To become a member of Student Voice, students apply and the teachers review the applications.

The representatives are seniors, Amy Grinsteinner, Jacob Selinger, Sondra Krebs and Kayla Boespflug; juniors, Taylor Braunberger, Robert Krebs, Teresa Huck and Cooper Olheiser; sophomores, Tricia Schoch, Jacques Oestreich, Miranda Meier and Katie Kostelecky; freshmen, Kale Havelka, Cutler Brost, and Bryan Reiter; grade 7, Joseph Golick, Abbey Kramer and Karli Mann.

The advisors are Heather Schieno, Janel Schiff, Brad Foss and Randy Gordon.

Through efforts of last year's Student Voice, Trinity started the titles of Spirit King and Queen for Spirit Week.

The two students who demonstrate the most spirit during Spirit Week are awarded the title, said Kayla Boespflug.

"It increases participation and makes the week more enjoyable for everyone," added Grinsteinner.

Schiff said another goal of Student Voice is to represent the diversity of students in school. For example, Teresa Huck represents students living outside of Dickinson, while Jacques Oestreich represents students of religions other than Catholic.

"Jacques has a different perspective as a Lutheran. The school is open to all denominiations," said Schiff.

"I enjoy giving my opinion. The other classmates come to you," said Boespflug.

One of the concerns voiced by students this year is to extend the lunch hour, said Grinsteinner.

"We'll be discussing that and other issues at the next meeting," added Schiff.

Schiff said students are encouraged to use the process if they have an issue or concern.

"It's a way to listen to what the kids say and it's a way to gain insight into the teachers' perspectives," she said.

Student Voice meets again in early November.