Nashoba Tech student leaders hope to leave ‘lasting legacy’


WESTFORD — Sofia Reppucci wants to leave a “lasting legacy” at her high school.

Ellice Cunningham, Danielle Robinson and Dana Hopf like to plan activities and get others involved in them.

Together, the four have rejuvenated the student council at Nashoba Valley Technical High School and are the council’s leaders, elected by their peers: Sofia, a Pepperell resident, is president; Ellice, a Chelmsford resident, is vice president; Danielle, of Lowell, is secretary; and Dana, a Shirley resident, is treasurer.

All four, along with adviser Emily Smith, attended a recent officer-training workshop hosted by the Massachusetts Association of Student Councils and held at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester. What they learned there they brought back to Nashoba Tech, holding a four-hour, first-of-its-kind leadership training seminar for selected students who are leaders in sports or are active in extracurricular activities.

“The girls decided they wanted to bring the training back to our school,” said Smith, who is also a theatre arts instructor at Nashoba Tech.

“We enjoyed ourselves at the workshop at Holy Cross and learned a lot,” Danielle said. “We thought the class officers and leaders here at Nashoba Tech could very much benefit from the exercises we learned.”

“It’s the first time the school has done anything like this, so we went into it blind,” Sofia said.

On the eve of the workshop at Nashoba Tech, the girls spent four hours at Chili’s planning the day. They came up with four leadership-building activities: Sofia led a seminar on public speaking; Dana led a workshop on stress relief; Ellice’s was on building bridges; and Danielle’s seminar focused on team building.

All four (Dana is a junior, and the other three are seniors) have grand plans for the council this year and beyond.

“I wanted to make the council grow and definitely wanted to do everything I could to have a great senior year and to leave a lasting legacy,” Sofia said.

Her goal this year is to get the members of all the school’s groups, clubs, sports and activities “on the same page.”

“All the different groups and clubs seldom have an opportunity to work together,” Sofia said, “and student council enforces everyone working on the same page and trying to get everyone involved as much as possible.”

Ellice said student council is a natural way for her to stay as involved as possible with her school.

“I ran for class president and didn’t get that, but I wanted to help plan events to get students involved,” she said.

The girls have already planned several events for the 2012-2013 school year, including a semi-formal dance, a Toys for Tots collection, a talent show and an Ultimate Fan Couch at two football games, at which a lucky raffle winner got to watch the game with a group of friends, with free snacks and refreshments.

And they’re not done yet. Upcoming events for the remainder of the school year include a second talent show in the spring and a trip to Hyannis for the annual three-day Massachusetts Association of Student Council conference.

“I’m really proud of these girls,” Smith said. “They worked their butts off to get this thing off the ground.”