Black Student Union resurges at E-W High School

  • Tue Jan 10th, 2012 7:17pm

<b>SCHOOLS | </b>By Kristine Haroldson For The Weekly Herald

EDMONDS — Through the bustling halls of Edmonds-Woodway High School, students are greeting each other with laughter and jokes. The halls are packed wall-to-wall with kids on their way to class.

Among these students is a small group of people with a new purpose: helping the community and student body as members of the re-formed Black Student Union.

The group, one of 40 clubs on the E-W campus, originally was founded in 2000. When all of those first members graduated, the club faded away. But it remained on the books, which isn’t unusual, Principal Michelle Trifunovic said.

During the 2010-11 school year, it resurfaced with a whole new group of students.

The main goal of the BSU, said adviser Michael Richard, is “to help our kids become better leaders.”

“Our goal is to get middle school kids ready for high school and hopefully recruit some new members into the group,” he said.

Student-run clubs are very important to the high school, Trifunovic said, because it gives students leadership experience.

Club President Sir Stephen Jackson is a senior who plans to study engineering at college.

“I will take away all of the leadership skills that I have attained,” he said. “Being in this leadership role has given me the maturity I need to succeed when I move on to college.”

The club also helps the community through annual food drives and volunteers with younger students. During the year, BSU members go to College Place Middle School and mentor students, which is “one of my plans that I came up with at the beginning of the year,” Jackson said.

Thye latest challenge was preparing for the Martin Luther King Jr. assembly, an event club members were eager to tackle.

“It is a major responsibility and will be a major accomplishment,” Jackson said.