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The Student News Site of Manheim Township High School

The Township Times

The Township Times

The Student News Site of Manheim Township High School

The Township Times

2024 Prom
June 4, 2024

Meet Your 2024-2025 Student Council

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Class of 2025

Simon Bowen

Bowen is an active member of many different extracurricular activities. He is the varsity lacrosse captain, the current student council public relations representative and an Eagle Scout. He said that he enjoys working with others and thinks that he can accomplish tasks through his hard work ethic.

“I also like to have a good time so I think I can help make and keep it fun while still being focused on completing our goals in a timely fashion to establish fun events for the student body,” Bowen said.

Simon Bowen

Jack Commerce

Commerce is a leader in multiple activities here at MTHS, which he believes would help the council flourish. He is the current treasurer for the class of 2025, a Mini-THON head and on the varsity swim team.

“I would add good input and allow for an environment that promotes communication between everyone within the council,” Commerce said. “I would listen to my peers’ concerns and address them on the given club days.”

Jack Commerce

Neve Dvorchak

Dvorchak is involved in various activities, such as Mini-THON, Interact Club and the swim team.

“I’ll make an effort to pay close attention to the ideas and recommendations that my classmates have for improving our school environment. I intend to come up with new ideas and make sure to work hard on bettering our school by doing so,” Dvorchak said.

Neve Dvorchak

Rose Montgomery

Montgomery is a part of many of the clubs here at MTHS: Key Club, Link Crew and a staff writer for The Township Times.

“To add to the MTHS student council for the 2024-2025 school year, I will add my creative ideas to improve events such as Homecoming and Clash of the Classes, exhibit leadership skills and be a leader amongst the other students, and be responsible and organized while doing my duties,” Montgomery said.

Rose Montgomery

Karen Perez

Perez serves on the Key Club Public Relations board and designed posters for social media, is a member of Link Crew and has participated in the productions produced by MTPA.

“I consider myself to be a very creative and dedicated individual. I am very passionate about anything I put my mind to, and would succeed at making the 2024-2025 school year a good one,” Perez said.

Karen Perez

Meghan Phillips

Phillips is a dedicated leader here at MTHS. She is president of the Student Awareness Club, captain of her club soccer team and she tutors local refugee students.

“I am a hard worker who, as a previous student council member, has helped to prepare, sell tickets, set up, and tear down the arena for the Homecoming dance. I am responsible and willing to volunteer to help outside of club hours,” Phillips said.

She said that her favorite high school memory was going to Hershey with the tennis team this year and eating chocolate after the matches.

Meghan Phillips

Jack Reynolds

Reynolds is a current class officer for the class of 2025, a Key Club volunteer and is involved in Mini-THON.

“I will try to add as many creative ideas as possible and make sure everyone is always heard when ideas are being inputted. I will also help out as much as possible and never skip out on an opportunity to better our club/school,” Reynolds said.

Jack Reynolds

Nicholas Rockwell

Rockwell has demonstrated much leadership throughout his high school career. Currently, he is a member of Link Crew, has been on student council for the past three years, and is president of the National Honors Society.

“Being a part of the student council for all of high school, I am familiar with how meetings are held and I feel as if I am able to contribute to conversations so that the voices of my peers are heard. I want to make the school a better place for everyone, and by being in student council I can help plan events and fundraisers that will improve the school environment,” Rockwell said.

Nicholas Rockwell

Class of 2026

Winnie Allen

Allen is currently involved in school and club soccer, a singing group called Bella Voce, music production and works at Freeze and Frizz.

“I want to contribute to student council by executing new ways to be more eco-friendly at school and making homecoming great next year,” Allen said. She said that her favorite high school memory was cooking in Family Consumer Sciences with her friend Katie.

Winnie Allen

Toby Bergstrom

Bergstrom is currently representing the class of 2026 student council. She is also very involved in all things involving lacrosse. She is on varsity lacrosse, an assistant coach for club lacrosse and the owner of her small business, Leading Lax. In addition, Bergstrom volunteers at Luther Acres.

Toby Bergstrom

Joel Francis

Francis is the current class of 2026 secretary and a member of Key Club. He said that he will “give new perspectives and creative ideas to the student council and do [his] best to advocate for positive changes in the school community.” Francis said that his favorite part of being on the student council was setting up homecoming. His favorite high school memories are going to football games with his friends.

Joel Francis

Cami Schwartz

Schwartz is one of MT’s many highly involved student athletes. She is a member of the varsity field hockey team, swim team and track team. She has also been a previous member of the student council.

“I am not afraid to share my opinion with the group and make the best decisions based on the circumstances presented,” Schwartz said. “I enjoy having a voice in what happens within the school building as well as planning fun events for the students.”

Her favorite high school memory so far is being part of the field hockey team making history and medaling at states for the swim team.

Cami Schwartz

Paige Hughes

Hughes is a returning member of the student council who has been on the council for the past two years. In addition to student council, she is also a part of Mini-THON and on the varsity softball team.

“I believe for the past two years in student council I have added great ideas on how to make our school a great environment to be in,” Hughes said. One of the projects she worked on was the makeover for the Wall of Recognition, which showcases former MTHS students who have gone into the military.

Paige Hughes

Ava Jackson

Jackson is a member of varsity track and field. In her free time, she enjoys painting pottery and getting food with her teammates.

“It’s vital that we have representation throughout the school, and I would love to help us students feel more heard. I’m passionate about making our high school a better place, making homecoming and other events more fun, and overall making our school a more profitable environment,” Jackson said.

Ava Jackson

Caroline Nachtigall

Nachtigall is a member of the MTHS orchestra, chorus and Tri-M Music Honors Society. She also dances at the Lititz Academy of Dance, is a Mini-THON head and a Make-A-Wish Foundation ambassador.

“I am an advocate for building relationships with your peers both in and out of school. I know education is important but I believe that students and staff can benefit from having more social events and field days during the school day to build community and improve mental health,” Nachtigall said. Her favorite high school memory is the 2023 homecoming football game.

Caroline Nachtigall

Effie Papadimitriou

Papadimitriou is already a member of the student council as she is currently vice president of the class of 2026. Papadimitriou is also involved in Mini-THON and competes for the MTHS soccer and track team.

“I would contribute good ideas for homecoming and Clash of the Classes for this club. I am very hardworking and dedicated and would be willing to help out with anything that is in need,” Papadimitriou said.

Effie Papadimitriou

Leah Phillips

Phillips is the current 2026 class president, a member of Key Club, has been voted as the communications officer for the 2024-2025 school year and is a refugee ESL tutor.

“I am a highly motivated student leader who will share creative ideas to benefit the group, while also listening to others. I have a strong work ethic and am ready and willing to make a difference within the school community,” Phillips said.

Leah Phillips

Oly Sponaugle

Sponaugle is the current class of 2026 Treasurer. She is involved in many activities including being a Morgan’s Message head, a part of Mini-THON and on the girl’s lacrosse and field hockey teams.

Oly Sponaugle

Ella Suydam 

Suydam is a member of the unified track team, Key Club and Manheim Township Performing Arts.

“I will personally add more ideas for class activities to get the school involved and working together,” Suydam said.

Ella Suydam

Regan Taylor

Taylor is a previous member of MTHS student council and is also a Mini-THON head. Additionally, Taylor plays on MT’s soccer and lacrosse teams and is also a proud youth leader.

Regan Taylor

Class of 2027

Ainsley Bounds

Bounds is on the wrestling team for which she attended state’s this year, and plays for both the JV and varsity field hockey teams. She is also on the Unified Track team, is a staff writer for The Township Times and is a mentor for Leader’s of Future Generations.

“I think that I could help the MTHS student council in their mission to make MTHS a good environment for students,” Bounds said. “I am a student-athlete and am involved in extracurricular activities that I think would help me to add perspective to the council.”

Bounds thinks that her leadership experience from Leaders of Future Generations will help her in her role on the student council. In her free time, she enjoys running, listening to music, being outdoors, spending time with family and friends, and reading. Her favorite high school memories have been going to football games and dances with her friends.

Ainsley Bounds

Sonia Dumasia 

Dumasia is the current class of 2027 president and is proud to have raised nearly $1,000 already. Along with her role as a student officer, she also played on the varsity golf team this past fall.

“I will make sure that events that the MTHS student council plans are appealing and in the favor of the student body, while also recognizing the teachers and staff for their constant, generous contributions to make sure MTHS students are safe and educated,” Dumasia said. “I am passionate about my peers, teachers, and the other people who make my education the best it can be.”

In her free time, Dumasia says she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and playing pickleball. Her favorite high school memories were doing fundraisers for her class.

Sonia Dumasia

Adora Emuwa

Emuwa is one of Manheim Township’s very decorated student athletes. Emuwa is currently on the varsity track and field team and swam for the varsity swim team this past winter season. This will be her second year on the student council.

“As a student council member, I’ll be able to personally add my classmates’ opinions and beliefs on certain topics to decisions that are made in student council instead of just student council making most of the decisions.

In her free time, Emuwa enjoys reading, playing instruments, hanging out with friends and family, and watching movies. Emuwa’s favorite high school memory is attending football games.

Adora Emuwa

Salaar Faiz

Faiz is currently on the boy’s tennis team, Quiz Bowl team and a participant in Model United Nations. Faiz is the class of 2027 vice president.

Because he was already a member of student council this year, Faiz said that he “understands the current systems and how certain things would work for setting up activities.”

Salaar Faiz

Nathanael Hager

Hager plays travel soccer for PA Classics, is on the boys varsity tennis team and is also a member of Key Club. This is Hager’s first year on student council.

“Because of the experience I have with school sports, I would be able to spread important news to many when needed for fundraising or when helping hands are needed,” he said.

In his free time, Hager enjoys playing sports with his friends and family. His favorite high school memory was being on the tennis team and spending time with friends from all grades.

Nathanael Hager

Mia Kline

Come fall, Kline will be serving her second year on the student council. Kline was on both the track and field and cross country teams during the 2023-2024 school year.

“Promoting students’ well-being will be my top priority and I will address student concerns very effectively,” she said.

In her free time, Kline enjoys going on walks and playing pickleball with her friends. Kline’s favorite high school memory was attending the football games.

Mia Kline

Amalia Tejada

Tejada plays club volleyball at PA Elite Volleyball Academy, played on the MTHS junior varsity volleyball team in the fall, is a member of the Morgan’s Message club and is a staff member on The Township Times.

Tejada “values inclusivity and diversity and will contribute to the student council by introducing ideas that will benefit all the different kinds of people at MTHS.”

Tejada’s favorite high school memory was the fall of her freshman year when homecoming, Halloween and football games were all in occurrence. In her free time, Tejada enjoys hanging out with her friends and taking photos.

Amalia Tejada

Ellie Thiry

Thiry is a current member of the student council, a member of the MTHS dance team and is a member of the Tri-M Music Honors Society.

“In the student council this year, I personally weighed in on many important decisions, and added new perspectives,” Thiry said.

In her free time, Thiry enjoys playing piano, playing the guitar and spending time with her friends and family. Thiry’s favorite high school memories were going to homecoming and the football games.

Ellie Thiry

Emme Truong

During the 2023-2024 school year, Truong competed on the swim team, served as freshman class secretary and also served as a member of the student council.

“One of my strengths is my ability to connect with both my peers and teachers. I am a kind and compassionate person, and I take pride in our school,” Truong said.

Additionally, she believes that her hard work ethic and creativity will help her plan school events such as fundraisers, games, and decorations.

In her free time, Truong enjoys hanging out with her friends and traveling to the beach. Truong’s favorite high school memory was the first day of school when she created many new friendships.

Emme Truong

Class of 2028

Moira Brennan

Brennan is a student athlete at the MTMS. She is a part of the MTMS girls basketball and cross country team.

“I could represent students at Manheim Township with different interests. I love this district, and I would really like to give back to the community that has been so welcoming to me,” she said.

Moira Brennan

Sofia Brown

Brown competes on the track and field team, cross country team and is a WEB ambassador.

“I can use my persuasive skills to get people on board with cool ideas, like fun events or ways to improve the school,” Brown said. “I’m always really enthusiastic about anything to do with school spirit, and I enjoy making new friends and helping out whenever I can.”

Sofia Brown

Lily Boop

Boop is involved in Mini-THON, WEB Crew and wrestling. Inclusivity is an important objective for Boop this coming school year.

“I want to help [make] school a safer place for students to feel comfortable expressing themselves,” Boop said. “I think that it’s very important for everyone to feel a part of something because that’s a big part of feeling like you belong at school.”

Lily Boop

Isabella Del Castillo

Del Castillo is a part of the superintendent advisory, swims for Five Star and Overlook and is also a part of the eighth grade student advisory committee.

“I will show leadership, good communication skills, teamwork, and confidence. I will help the student council in many ways and make sure students are getting a fair choice at our school,” Del Castillo said.

Isabella Del Castillo

Kade Loucks

In his free time, Loucks enjoys fishing and cooking. He said that, as a member of student council, he would like to create more outdoor activities for students to participate in.

Kade Loucks

Ryan Palandijan

Palandijan is a WEB leader and is involved in many different sports, although he primarily plays tennis.

“I will add fun and new ideas that will hopefully bring the community together and make Township a better and more enjoyable environment to be around,” Palandijan said.

Ryan Palandijan

Miguel Ramos

Ramos plays for the MTMS boys soccer team and is also a WEB leader.

“I am respectful and will help people that need me. I am also the captain of my soccer team—this gives me leadership skills,” he said.

Miguel Ramos

Shreya Shegal

Shegal is one of the MTMS’s accomplished students and leaders. She played for the varsity MTMS soccer team and plays club soccer. She is a black belt in taekwondo, a Tri-M leader, and a WEB leader. Shreya is also a part of the MTMS orchestra and track team.

Last year, Shegal organized a blood drive with her high school friends at a church, which she feels taught her to communicate and collaborate with others.

“It is highly motivating for me to be part of organizing these types of events that bring a feeling of belonging to everyone,” she said.

Shreya Shegal
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Amalia Tejada
Amalia Tejada, Staff writer
Amalia is a freshman at MT and is a staff writer for The Township Times. This is her first year on the staff.

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