Ascension Christian High School’s (ACH) student council met Tuesday, August 3 to plan for the upcoming school year. Student council members include Senior class president, Raisha Kelly (student council president); Junior class president, Melanie Jones (student council vice president); Sophomore class representative, Peyton Flynn (student council public relations); Freshman representative, Charlotte Henagan (student council secretary); and Junior High representative, Evan Ard (student council public relations).
At the August 3 student council meeting, council members decided that they would begin serving their peers, teachers, and the community in the following ways:
- Serve their peers by creating and maintaining Spirit Boards for the homeroom classes that will act as bulletin boards for sports and other school events.
- Serve their teachers through Midweek Refresh!, which will be a chance for teachers to have their classrooms cleaned a bit extra and smelling a bit fresher!
- Serve the community through a monthly newsletter published on LionNation.News, informing the community about what’s happening at Ascension Christian High School.
Get To Know Your Council Members
An Ascension Christian student since third grade, Raisha Kelly was voted in as Senior Class President back in May. She is also the president of the student council and a member of the National Honors Society. She enjoys drawing, writing, and playing video games. She is very close to her family. Her sister is Natasha Kelly, a 2016 alumni of ACH.
Earlier this week, Raisha spoke with Lion Nation News (LNN) about her election last school year. “Thank you for voting, no matter who you voted for,” Raisha said. “I hope to improve our school with your help.”
LNN asked Raisha about the upcoming school year and the challenges facing the senior class. “School is stressful,” Raisha said, speaking from her heart. “And some of us are getting close to adulthood, but remember that God’s got you. Don’t be troubled or afraid.”
When asked for a scripture that may help guide her peers through the upcoming year, she shared a verse from the Gospel of John. “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”
Melanie Jones is the Junior Class President and the vice president of the student council. Joining from Michigan via Google Meet, Melanie’s excitement for the new school year helped to start the student council off on the right track. She is thankful for the opportunity to serve her peers, most of whom she has known since her first year at Ascension Christian as a fifth-grader.
Melanie plays volleyball and basketball for ACH, and also served as the Senior Beta Club’s president last school year. She even ran for state office. She is not only a student athlete but also a student leader in Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). She attends Fellowship Church where her father is lead pastor Kirk Jones. When asked about service to her church, Melanie was more than happy to share. “I am heavily involved in student ministry, and I volunteer with the first-grade classes every Sunday.”
Her brother, Daniel, graduated two years ago from ACH and her sister is Kara, an upcoming freshman at ACH. Her mother is Mrs. Wendy Jones, a fourth-grade teacher on Ascension Christian’s elementary campus (ACE).
When asked for a final word, Melanie shared her optimism for the upcoming school year. “I am so excited to get to know everyone this year!” she said. “Feel free to come to me with anything really: concerns, questions, or if you just want to talk. I have big dreams for this year. I can’t wait to get started.”
Sophomore representative, Peyton Flynn, has been at Ascension Christian since eighth grade and is probably the first person who comes to mind when you think of golf at ACH. For golf, she received All Metro and Newcomer of the Year last school year.
Peyton is excited to be on the student council and also loves a good challenge. “I am excited to represent the sophomore class,” she said. “I am open to any suggestions you may have.”
When asked about what she feels God has in store for her and her peers this year, Romans 8:28 quickly came to mind. “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.”
Peyton has a younger brother, David, who is an upcoming freshman.
An ACH Lion since kindergarten, Charlotte Henagan is this year’s freshman representative. Charlotte is also a cheerleader, yearbook staff member, and plays piano on the worship team at her church. She loves swimming and riding jet skis on the Diversion Canal. “I really love Ascension Christian,” Charlotte said when asked about her years as a student. “And I hope I can serve it well.”
Voted in by her peers, Charlotte wanted to thank those who entrusted her to represent them well. “Thank y’all so much for voting for me. I am so grateful for your support, and I am glad I have the opportunity to represent you.”
When asked if there was a scripture that she thought could guide her classmates through their first year of high school, she shared a favorite verse from Proverbs. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; never rely on what you think you know. In all your ways submit to Him, and He will show you which path to take.”
Eighth-grader Evan Ard has probably the toughest task at Ascension Christian High School this year: representing both the seventh and eighth grade junior high. With more than 80 junior high students, their voices play an important role at the school.
Evan has been at Ascension Christian since the fourth grade. He likes to swim, rock climb, learn new languages, and read. He attends Healing Place Church, where he is active with the Kids District team. He loves video games and hopes to one day create them. He is also a member of ACH’s LNN Gaming Club.
“We all have different gifts,” Evan said when asked about how God could use him and his peers this school year. “I feel as though Romans 12 is what will help the student body this year.” Evan then described how those in the body of Christ have gifts, such as prophesying, serving, teaching, encouraging, giving, leading, and showing mercy.
“I don’t have much else to say,” Evan said, then adding, ”But I hope that I can help this school as much as it has helped me.”
ACH’s student council has been dormant for the past three years. Student council members are eager to not only revive the council but also establish a stronger presence for student representation at their school.
Photography by My Sister and I Photography. Graphics by Lion Nation News.
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