Student Council

2016 Dr. Earl Reum
Kansas Advisor of the Year

Sara Wilson
Derby High School – Derby, KS

Sara Wilson has been the Chemistry Teacher at her alma mater for thirteen years and the Student Council Advisor at Derby High School in Derby, Kansas, for the last four. Under her direction, the Derby High School Student Council established the Panther Leadership Academy, which is a 3-day leadership workshop for 3rd through 6th graders.

Derby High School’s Student Council President Grace Linn says, “I have had the pleasure of working with Ms. Wilson for four years and I am always impressed with the level of organization and effort that she puts into our activities….the biggest improvement is the amount of people we have involved and the amount of activities we hold as a student council.”

Ms. Wilson and Derby High School have served as a host for many KSHSAA Regional Conferences and has been a huge support of the KSHSAA Summer Leadership Workshop by sending students each and every year, with many of them returning as Junior Councilors.

Derby High School’s Principal, Tim Hamblin, stated, “Sara’s leadership or sponsorship style is one of empowerment. She absolutely insists that the student leaders figure things out and holds them accountable for their decisions and actions. Her students and Student Council kids learn about work ethic, integrity accountability, service, organization, time management and overall responsibility.”

When asked about her work as a student council advisor, Sara said, “The value of student council is difficult to measure, but the effect it has on its participants is certainly a lasting one. In this era of focus on producing students who are “college and career ready”, student council can fill a void in the curriculum that teachers are left without time to address in the classroom. Many of the soft skills that are outside the classroom curriculum, such as communication, initiative, and follow-through are directly exercised and developed through the opportunities student council provides for students.”



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