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The renaissance spirit

The renaissance team is an important part of school spirit, but no one seems to notice
Carly Byer
The Renaissance Team, advised by principal Jeff Prickett, meets to address issues at MCHS. Led by students demonstrating traits of leadership, the Ren Team aims to improve the school culture and climate.

Everyone seems to know about clubs like student council and how impactful they are on a lot of student activities. But there is one club that has the same impact that never gets talked about: the Renaissance Team.
Renaissance Team, or Ren Team was created last year from what was known as the principal’s advisory council. This was present when Dr. Prickett was the principal at East; now the Freshman Campus.

This team uses Jostens as a big inspiration for their goals here at MCHS.

Jostens is a big sponsor for MCHS. They help this team run smoothly, and are one of the main inspirations for the Ren Team.

“When we became a Joestens school, meaning we use Jostens for cap and gown, we use Jostens for yearbooks, they also have another side of their organization called Renaissance, which is all about culture and climate,” said Dr. Jeff Prickett, the Upper Campus principal.

Prickett brought in P.C. Cambell, a motivational speaker, where he hosted small motivational groups last fall.

“If you happened to be part of his small group sessions throughout the day, we pulled in leadership in action kids, student council, NHS kids, leadership group kids, and he did small group stuff with them,” continues Dr. Prickett. “They were so inspired that we thought why don’t we, instead of calling it the Principal’s Advisory Council, we call it the Renaissance Team?”

The main purpose of Ren Team is the climate and culture of the school, and they are responsible for all of the fun activities going on during AIM.

For example, the random knock was from the Ren Team in an attempt to improve school spirit and try and get AIM attendance up.

“We try to think of things that are inclusive and that everybody will like to do. We saw a lot of issues with kids not going to their AIM, so that is why we had the October challenge with the word of the month,” said Lily Adams, junior team member.

Ren Team has a lot more influence on the school than one would think, even though they are often overlooked.

More is to come from the Renaissance Team, so keep an eye out for another fun activity during AIM, or another fun social event. Anyone can join, so if you feel like being a part of the Ren Team, email Dr. Prickett.

“We have started slowly doing some things like the warrior word, that thing you see posted throughout the building, that random knock that we did in October,” states Dr Prickett. “Just getting the word out like hey, this is the Ren Team, this is what we do. But anybody can join, and you can come to a meeting, and we are going to promote it more so that everybody knows when those meetings are and where you can come to be a part.”

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