In Depth

Leaders without Student Council

By Allyson Levy


When thinking about leadership at Pinewood, the first idea to come to one’s brain is probably student council and ASB. That being said, there are unknown leaders throughout the school making an impact on the community; if they weren’t there, someone would notice. 

   Imagine sports teams with no team captains or coaches. Imagine clubs around the school with no leaders. Would anything get done? What would happen if the theater didn’t have stage managers or the Perennial didn’t have editors? It would be chaotic; fortunately, we have leaders at Pinewood to save the day. 

   Pinewood has a multitude of student leaders that don’t come to mind initially. The girls basketball team has three team captains: juniors Annika Decker, Una Jovanovic, and Courtni Thompson. 

  “A leader means setting a good example for others to follow and inspiring others to do well,” said Jovanovic. 

   “At practice, our job is to keep the pace and keep Doc happy,” said Decker. 

   Keeping high energy at practice is important and their job as leaders is to make sure that happens. The captains want to make sure their teammates match the level of intensity. 

   Apart from sports, senior Natasha Kumaraswami is an important leader in the Pinewood community. Kumaraswami is the president of the Interact Club, which focuses on community service. 

   “Being a leader means having a vision for what you want to do and having the knowledge of how to get there,” said Kumaraswami, contrasting with Jovanovic.

   Her job is to organize events and help the club focus on the service and the impact, rather than put emphasis on the volunteer hours themselves. Kumaraswami hopes she can influence her peers to help teach them that community service learning is an important part of Pinewood’s character. 

   More leaders Pinewood may overlook are the leaders in the classroom. In every class, there is at least one or more students that are the leaders of the class, answering questions or cracking jokes. Included in the new Pinewood Scholars Program is the United States history honors class taught by Jaime Fields. In her class, Fields is creating a historical society and needs a member to serve as a class leader. 

   “I am looking for someone who has a passion for the subject, and who gets along with their peers; also, someone who inspires people and someone who others look up to.” 

   Classroom leaders are yet another example of hidden leaders influencing Pinewood. 

   A general consensus around the unknown leaders of Pinewood is that a leader is an influential person with a vision who others can count on. So, Pinewood leaders are not always student council members and sometimes one may not notice them, but these leaders are the hidden gems of Pinewood.