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Finley Student Council
Ready for Action

The student council at J. Taylor Finley Middle School is already in overdrive. Energy and lots of enthusiasm is the norm for the group. This year's officers are worthy successors of those who have made the organization a force for good at the school.

The Finley student council event calendar includes numerous events tied to school spirit, social activities and community service. Music teacher Frank Battista and math teacher Matthew Perlongo serve as co-faculty advisors to the student council, which is led by Richard Garger (president), Lena Scarpulla (vice-president), Heather Bast (secretary) and Sam Latt (treasurer).

"This year we have a very motivated group," Mr. Perlongo said. "Mr. Battista and I are excited to work with them and we look forward to a fun year."

The student council officers were introduced to the Finley student body at last week's school-wide pep rally. The student leaders spoke briefly about some upcoming events.

"Mr. Perlongo and I are truly impressed with this year's foursome so far," Mr. Battista said. "They are well-liked by the student body and are awesome to work with and very responsible."

One of the initiatives the student council plans to pursue is helping at the Special Olympics next spring. The officers will also meet at some point to select a theme for next June's eighth grade dinner dance and help decorate the gym and cafeteria for the big event.

"The student council officers are elected by their peers in an election run in June of the previous school year," Principal John Amato explained. "The officers are well-respected among their peers and are generally looked upon as leaders both in and out of the classroom. They conduct the morning announcements at Finley everyday. They also rally the students when we have school-wide functions such as food drives, spirit weeks, the Halloween dance, clothes drives, dances, and fundraisers. They get some help from delegates elected from each homeroom. The council is an active group."

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