BRIGHTON — Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School held a Student Council inauguration ceremony to swear in their newly elected students at the Brighton Veteran’s Building on Sept. 27.
Students elected into the Student Council were kindergarten Rep. Kalissa Huff, first-grade Rep. Ashlynn Collins, second-grade Rep. Tanier Gore, third-grade Rep. Elle Thomas, fourth-grade Rep. Todd Pierce, fifth-grade Rep. Kamani Smith, sixth-grade Rep. Connor Thomas, seventh-grade Rep. Rudy Juarez and eighth-grade Rep. Martina Herrera. Shae Pierce was sworn in as Chairwoman.
“I felt that our school can be even better than it already is and that we could use more help to get the school together,” Pierce said. “I feel good (about being elected). I think I can help out a lot.”
Each newly elected officer took a turn placing his or her left hand on a Bible, while raising the right and repeating the Student Council oath recited by Brighton Councilman Andrew J. Bowers Jr. Every student promised to serve as the best representative, to work hard and to learn Creek and Seminole culture.
“When you take oath, it has to mean something because you are on your word,” Councilman Bowers said. “So remember that and be a good example at the school.”
After they were sworn in, the elected officers received a sash from outgoing Student Council members. They then gave acceptance speeches in Creek.
To end the ceremony, elected officers formed a line for all students, teachers and parents to shake their hands and to formally welcome them as the Charter School’s new Student Council.