NORMAN — High school student councils aren’t usually seen as a family affair. Except, that is, for one Norman family that has three generations with vested interests in Norman High and the Oklahoma Association of Student Councils.
Norman High senior Peyton Powers is president of the state-wide organization. He is the third generation of his family to be involved with student councils, beginning with his grandmother, Marrae Quinn, long-time student council advisor at West Mid High and Norman High. His mother, Katy Powers, was involved in student government activities at the state level while a Norman High student, serving as state secretary and hosting the state convention that year.
“We are the first family to have more than one member serve as a state officer,” Quinn said.
When Peyton Powers made the move from 8th grader at Alcott to Norman High freshman, he decided to jump in feet first, running for a position as freshman senator. Thus began a career that will culminate the first weekend in November when he presides at the state convention.
These past three plus years at Norman High have been full as he worked with other students to deal with interests of the students, and activities, including their annual Tiger Palooza fund-raising event. He is especially proud of the outcome of last year’s campaign, raising $32,000 for Bridges to assist high school students.
They are currently seeking a sponsor to help provide a vehicle for Norman High student Jake Pyle, who is wheelchair bound due to spinal muscular atrophy, Powers said.
Norman High students produced a video for a competition they hope will add more money to the project. It was Katy Perry’s tune ‘Roar’ which has a line about the “eye of the tiger” which fit perfectly into a theme for a video. They don’t know the results of the competition yet, but are hopeful to be able to add some prize money to the dollars already raised.