The new student liaison was chosen from a handful of Leadership students. A part of the application process included an interview with the Student Government Association leader, Cleveland High Principal Autumn O’Bryan and coach Jason McCowan. The interview allowed Calfee an opportunity to verbally express his goals for the position.
“I know there are a lot of students who do not know what is going on in the high school or in the community,” he said. “At least with the school board, I feel like this is a good way for me to be able to tell the [students] what is going on and how they can help.”
As student liaison, Calfee will be expected to attend the monthly board meetings and provide an update on the high school. It will be his decision whether he decides to join in on the various conversations. One topic he is eager to hear more on is the Raider Dome. The recent deconstruction and construction of the high school’s gymnasium has been heavily discussed by the board.
Calfee explained he does not want his opinions alone to be voiced at the meetings. Instead, he hopes to hear from his fellow students at Cleveland High. The community-oriented senior does not seem worried about how students will share their concerns and input with him.
Added Calfee, “I don’t know everybody, obviously, and everybody doesn’t know me, but everybody knows somebody I know.”
As to how he will get the updates to his fellow students, Calfee plans to look a little larger than person-to-person contact. He expressed an interest in speaking with the school’s “CHS Live” teacher Jon Souders about appearing on the daily morning news segment post-school board meeting. Almost every student sees the show each day.
Calfee will join Cleveland City Schools Director Martin Ringstaff, board chairman Tom Cloud, Peggy Pesterfield, Richard Shaw, George Meacham, Murl Dirksen, Dawn Robinson and Steve Morgan each month. He sounded more excited than nervous about interacting with the group.
“I will enjoy the opportunity to learn about the community and be able to sit in with older men and women who are involved in the community and care about what is going on in the school system,” Calfee said. “They’ve been helping me since I’ve been in kindergarten. I think it would be pretty cool to learn what is going on.”
Calfee plans on continuing his work in Anchor Club, the Leadership program, HOSA, SGA and soccer leadership throughout his final year of high school. He explained participating in the various programs, courses and extracurricular activities is a matter of balance.
“We have different club days during the school month ... so that has been a big help for me,” Calfee said. “I generally try to scheduled my harder classes in the fall. That way I can get the ball moving with that ... and then with school and soccer coming up, I will not have to worry as much.”