EDITOR'S NOTE: In today's "Catching up with…," an occasional feature in the Northeast News & Tribune, we speak with Brant Wickersham, the student government president at Wharton High School. We ask him five questions — some serious, some fun.
Brant Wickersham, 17, is a high school jock. He is captain of Wharton High's state champion lacrosse club and a goalie on the team. He loves sports and the outdoors, so the budding game of lacrosse is a natural fit. The high school senior is best known, however, for his role as president of Wharton's student government, which represents the school's 2,200 students. He also is an editor of the Wharton's yearbook; vice president of the Student Advisory Committee; and helps coordinate school tailgate parties and pep rallies. He is a member of the Blue Crew, the school spirit club; and the school's morning show. He launched a program called "Tie-day Friday" to encourage male students to wear neckties to campus on Fridays. Why? "I just think it makes Wharton High School even classier," Wickersham said.
Wickersham: I found it to be a job that I had always aspired to have. I felt that since I knew so many people and had connections with people school-wide, I could voice the opinion of the student body much better than (some predecessors). I also thought it would be a fun experience, because I love making kids smile and have a good time. There is no better way to do that than to be involved in the activities planned for them.
Wickersham: I think the most valuable lesson I learned as president is that a good leader is someone who can speak well in front of others. I learned when you're speaking, everyone wants to listen to you. You should have no fear of talking to them. People love someone who they can relate to. When you speak, speak with honesty and compassion; people will stop and listen and take to heart what is being said.
Wickersham: I plan to attend the University of Florida and major in business and entrepreneurship. I'd like to own a company and interact with all of my customers. I'm a people person, so I feel like something that involves public speaking would fit me well. (Wickersham's 18-year-old brother, Jay, is a freshman at Florida. Their parents are Mike and Linda Wickersham of Hunter's Green.)
Wickersham: Haha! Unfortunately I don't, but I'm definitely looking for one. I'm already thinking of creative ways to ask someone.
Wickersham: You gotta go with Pauly D. He's absolutely hilarious and really knows how to dance. Plus, he's got some great hair!