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Keefe brings experience to L-EHS student office

Student body presidents - Third in a series

Posted: October 5, 2015 4:17 p.m.
Updated: October 6, 2015 1:00 a.m.
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L-EHS senior and student body president Tripp Keefe plans to attend either Duke or Clemson University Honors College after graduating the end of the school year.

Lugoff-Elgin High School (L-EHS) Student Body President Tripp Keefe knows a thing or two about student government. He’s been involved in it every year of his high school career.  

“In ninth grade I was the freshmen class president. In 10th Grade, I was the student body treasurer and last year, I was the junior class president,” Keefe said.

Keefe said he was surprised by his first student government office as freshmen class president.

“In 9th Grade, the way it worked is you would run and whoever had the highest number of votes would be president. So I was just running. I didn’t intend to be president. I got the highest number of votes, then I discovered (student government) was something I liked and was good at, so I wanted to keep doing that every year,” Keefe said.

Now, as student body president, Keefe said he is enjoying his latest office. 

“I get to talk with a lot of students I wouldn’t normally get to talk with. I also like speaking in front of people and get to do that as well,” Keefe said.

Though the school year has just started, Keefe says a major accomplishment is the L-EHS rival week with Camden High School.

“The best accomplishment so far is helping to organize United Way week to raise money for charity,” Keefe said.

L-EHS student government planned during the summer with two meetings.

“We started planning for it over the summer. During our first meeting, we planned out everything we wanted to do. We saw if that was feasible by talking to people, planning it out and getting more information. Then at the second meeting we came up with a finalized plan of what we would do during the week,” Keefe said. 

During rival week, the first week of school, Keefe said the L-EHS student government put their summer plans to action.

“Once the week started, we actually start raising the money. We just had that week. We had the Saturday before the first week of school until that Friday to raise money,” Keefe said. 

L-EHS and Camden High School raised more than $60,000 for the United Way of Kershaw County.

Keefe says the next major events will be spirit week and Holiday Hopes.

“The biggest thing we have coming up is to organize spirit week for homecoming. Then we have the Holiday Hopes program, it’s another charitable event. We have to coordinate with every single school club,” Keefe said explaining how each school club chooses a charity to support.

The L-EHS student government coordinates the efforts. 

When it comes to improving L-EHS, Keefe is targeting his classmates’ school spirit. His first plan of action is to get students informed about school events. 

“Sometimes it can be hard to hear the announcements, so I feel like a lot of students don’t know what’s going on so we have lower turn out and attendance. I would like to improve that so we can be better at getting the word out,” Keefe said, noting student council will be putting up a bulletin board announcing school events. “I think if students are more involved in things that go on at the school then they are more likely to have more school spirit and be fonder of the school.”

Keefe stays involved himself and is a member of numerous organizations at L-EHS such as National Honor Society, Beta Club and track and field. His favorite subjects are history and science one of his favorite school activities is band. He has been involved in it every year of high school. 

“Student council is my favorite club I’ve done, but besides that I really like band. I’m a percussionist and it’s very fun. I think we have a very good band program here,” Keefe said.

Looking forward, Keefe says he would like to go to Duke University or to the honor college at Clemson University.

“I don’t know what I want to major in but I want to do something involving physics. I like physics and eventually want to be a medical doctor,” Keefe said.  

When asked what he wants his legacy to be, Keefe says school improvement. 

“I hope that it is I’ve improved the school and made the next graduating class excited about the school so that they can do a better job than I did. One way to do this is getting more people involved. A lot of times, the seniors are the only people who get involved so getting the underclassmen involved more is important,” Keefe said, adding he is optimistic he will meet his goal of school improvement. “(L-EHS Principal Worth) Thomason is good about listening to students and addressing complaints, so I think if we work with him we can make the school better.”

 

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