Working in public service was not what Smith-Cotton senior Bailey Smith had planned, but as she soon discovered it is a way of life that has benefited not only herself but the student body of S-C.
“As a freshman I was always afraid of trying something new and getting out of my comfort zone,” Smith said by phone Wednesday afternoon. “I was afraid of what others might think of me but I wanted to try to help the school and student council was the best way possible for me to do that.”
One of the major goals of student council at S-C is to increase student body participation in various aspects of the school from extra-curricular organizations to athletics.
“One of the biggest projects we do each year is the assemblies and activities for homecoming and courtwarming,” Smith said. “We really try to seek others out to participate.
“This year I think we all had a lot of fun and everyone really seemed to enjoy what was going on,” Smith added.
For Smith, homecoming had special meaning this year as she was elected homecoming queen by the student body, but that isn’t the only recognition Smith has received this year. Smith was recently presented the Missouri Association of Student Councils Distinguished Student Leader Award.
The MASC grants the award to students who demonstrate superior student council leadership skills and knowledge, according to a press release.
“Receiving this honor is very rewarding and humbling,” Smith said. “MASC has been a huge part of my life for three years now, and I have met the most incredible friends and had the chance to work alongside some of the best leaders in Missouri.
“I am so thankful and ready to use my skills to make a difference,” she added.
Already accepted to the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Smith said she plans to major in elementary education and minor in early childhood development.
“I want to be an elementary teacher and then move on to become a principal someday,” Smith commented. “I would love to come back and work in the Sedalia 200 School District.
“I plan to be very involved in the school district where I teach and I would love to be a student council adviser since it has been such a big part of my life,” Smith added.
Smith said she may run for student government while attending UCM.
“It may take me a while to get comfortable in college,” Smith said. “Student government is definitely something I’m thinking about possibly joining, though.”
When asked what advice she could offer others, Smith said to not be afraid of new opportunities.
“Don’t be afraid to be crazy every once in a while,” Smith said. “Be goofy and get out of your comfort zone, it makes life more enjoyable.”
Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484.