My Leadership Legacy

My Leadership Legacy at RVHS:

This past year, I was the Student Body President at RV. Honestly, it was probably one of the hardest things I've ever done, but it was well worth it. 

The initial mission for Student Government this year was to “Make Your Mark”. Making things came natural to me. I love the creative process, and I have since a young age. Like a manic artist, when I am inspired, crazy amounts of work can be put in to create something. So naturally, the way I have made my mark at Ralston Valley is through my creations. Here are some that I am the most proud of: 


1. Snapchat Geofilters. I made three snapchat geofilters for Ralston Valley. It took about two hours for me to design them, and it took about three weeks for them to get snapchat approved. In the end, it took me, Marshall, Erin, and Montana about eight different emails to snapchat explaining why we wanted geofilters. Obviously, we succeeded. I believe these geofilters have improved the quality of life of many students. A few months later, A West got a geofilter for their campus. In no way is that a coincidence.

2. The Rally Dance. To start freshmen orientation, the seniors in Student Government decided to do a rally dance of sorts. I was super nervous that no one would catch on, and was fully mentally prepared to play it off as a bad joke, but to our surprise, it caught on and we performed it at sporting events and pep rallies. 

3. The Photo Booth. We set up a photo booth at the school musical. It turned out very well, and I got to hang out with my favorite after hours janitor (the man, the myth, the legend: John Braselton) Our booth wasn't as beautiful or professional as my cousin Trent's Boxcar booths (, but I think we did alright. If we do it next year, though, we should definitely get some better lighting. 

4. The Senior Class Gift. For our senior class gift, we bought 4 custom ski and snowboard benches. In my opinion, they are definitely the coolest senior class gifts in the school. I designed the images in illustrator and some lady hand-painted them on. These bad boys can fit 3 full grown adults, and 4-5 freshmen. Pretty neat, I'd say. 

5. Ridiculous Video Announcements starring Marshall Marrs. Marshanta

6. The StuGo Website/Logo. I am interested in learning how to do new things, so I decided to take a walk on the wild side this year and get into some web development. I created a neat little website for Student Government (within the parameters of Google Sites) and made some graphics for the web site.

7. The Campaign. Campaigning for Student Body President was probably one of the funnest weeks of high school. The whole school was littered with posters printed out on my dad's company's dime. Thanks bunches, Ball Aerospace. On top of that, there were approximately 40 people sporting Ben for President shirts. Winning the school-wide popularity contest was fun, too.

Student Government was a great ride. If Student Government ran like a well-oiled machine, where would the fun be? If we were just spouting out professional events like some sort of military-industrial complex, where would the freedom be? Student Government allows us kids to realize our potential as young leaders. It equips us with the tools and encouragement to try whatever we want, really. It taught me so much about how to approach difficult tasks and how to learn from other's ideas.