Let's Get Hyped

Laney Hyder, Northwest Representative


Hi guys, my name is Laney Hyder. And I’m your OASC Northwest rep for this year. I go to McMinnville high school and I’m a junior and I’m the head of school spirit group at that high school. And so I thought I would do a workshop on it. Well, it’s called get hyped, and it’s just about how to get your student body, how to get your leadership class hyped and excited and involved just about.

The activities that you have going on and through COVID and through the transition, hopefully back into normal school towards the end of this year and into next year. So here we go. Let me share my screen. Okay.

So here we go. Get hyped. Here we go. So I know this year has just then a curve ball for all of us. We all got into leadership, wanting to, you know, be at assemblies, have these big events for everyone planned. And I think a lot of that has been taken has been taken away from us and. And that’s been really hard on my school.

I know we’re a bigger school where you normally have a lot of really big activities, such as homecoming. We have a bunch of dances. We have a bunch of get togethers and activities and lunch activities, just all different types. And those have all been kind of taken from us this year. So we’ve had to start new and learn how to use Instagram, learn how to use different platforms, to get students involved and to even get together in our leadership classes.

So that’s been really hard and. I know my class has struggled a little bit with how we get new ideas flowing instead of. I mean, we’re off track from the normal events that we would do. You know, we have our traditions that are set in stone every year. And we, I remember at the beginning of the year we did a save a shelf and a shift or something like that.

And so we had to decide, are we going to change this event? Are we going to save it for next year? Or are we going to just. Take it off the table in general. And so I think that has been really hard to try and figure out new big events to do. And, and just start from scratch, I guess. So the transition has been pretty hard, I think, on a lot of schools.

So I am here to hopefully help you ease into that transition, ease into our back to school transition, which is a whole different thing that we’ll talk about a little later, but I think adapting to change has been really. Really big thing that we’ve all had to learn this year. And if you haven’t learned yet, then you probably will in the future just think that things didn’t work out the way we had all expected and it had all planned this year.

And so I think. Trying to figure out with COVID what, what you can do, what, what your school restricts, what the state restricts, all these different stipulations and all these things have just been tough. So I think trying to work well on your feet is a good skill to have. But I think adapting to change is a big thing that many of us have had to work on.

In a virtual world, how do you connect with others? That has been a big question in my leadership class, at least. And I’m sure in a lot of yours too. So how do you, how do you get the student body involved and how do you get. People in your class are involved. So we’ve had zoom calls this whole year. I know some smaller schools have been back in school, but we, some of our leadership class, have never even met each other.

And that’s just a really weird thing because normally we’re really close and we’re, we get to know each other so well, because we shouldn’t spend so much time decorating and getting to know each other and. I think one thing that my class has done well, and my advisor as well have done a really good job of having us get to know each other.

And so we have some small groups within the class that are, you know, we just check in once a week and we get together, ask how our weeks are going. We ask, you know, just kind of how we’re doing and that kind of stuff. And so that’s been good to get to know people better than I, that are new to the class and that we all kind of didn’t know before.

And so I think. That within a leadership class, that has been a big question. And then also, how do you connect with the whole student body when you don’t get to see them all? It’s, it’s, it’s a weird thing to go back into the school and people. There’s no one there and it’s this, the school is empty recently.

We went back in to do some decorating and it’s just, you know, you see teachers walking around and the holes are just. Empty and blank and it’s, it is, it’s a weird thing. So I think a lot of schools have turned to social media and have turned to their Google classrooms and sent out stuff through emails.

And I think that has been a big thing. We’ve done a lot of social media stuff, which has been helpful and kind of effective. So yeah, also I think another big thing that a lot of people have faced this year is just feeling shorted mainly because. You aren’t getting the same amount of events and activities.

You aren’t getting the same stuff that you wouldn’t normally hear. And so I, I know I myself have felt like, Oh my gosh, I’m not doing enough. I’m not, we’re not planning a big event. So I feel like my time isn’t being well spent, but I, this year it’s. It’s definitely had to shift more to smaller events and I think that’s okay.

And I think I have talked a lot with my advisor about this, about how I feel purposeful with my actions and how I feel like I’m doing stuff to support the student body when it’s not planning a big dance, planning a big assembly and figuring that stuff out. And she said, I think some of these smaller events.

We’re just as effective as you put them all together and they’re just as effective as a big event. And so I think have some grace for yourself and for other people in your class, there’s a lot of newness with all of this and figuring out how to adapt. And so I think having some grace and knowing that this is a new thing and knowing that, you know, it’s okay if you don’t know what to do all the time, because none of us do.

And so, yeah, I think. I would, I would recommend having smaller events and knowing that this is all you can do for now and that that’s going to be good enough. And so I think ways to step up in your own class is, you know, there’s a stereotype around leadership and around being a leader that you always have to be loud and you always have to be so excited to be the, you know, the hype man to be the most excited person.

And I, I really don’t think that’s the truth. Someone said something to me and my. My first year of OASC, I went to a fall conference and someone said, you know, you don’t have to be the loudest in the room to be a good leader. And I think that is just so much wisdom in that one statement. And I think it’s important to know that.

That you don’t have to be the person who’s always, you know, organizing things and always being vocal about things. You can be the person who is a good leader because they step back and let others take the stage. And I think as, as a leader and as an older member of a leadership class, it’s important that you.

Do that, that you step back and you let other people step forward and step into those roles and you teach them how to do that because they’re going to be the older people eventually when you get out of there and it’s important that they know what to do and how to do it. And I mean, it is important that you have vocal leaders in that you have people who are willing to speak in videos.

I mean, if we’re talking code, speak in videos and, and be reaching out to people, but if you’re not one of those people, that’s always, that’s not always a bad thing. And that’s okay. , so continuing on that, I think there are a lot of different ways to lift each other up. And that’s a good way of getting people hyped and excited, especially within your own class.

So we have different recognition days. We do. We have designated days, this kind of goes in and we have designated days for specific tasks in our leadership class. So we have leadership five days a week. I don’t know if everyone does that, but we have Tuesdays Tuesday team time. So we get into our little teams and we talk about what we want to do as a team.

So we have school spirit, community service, , grizzly news, which is our news thing that we put out every once in a while. And we. We have that’s our day to just figure stuff out, figure out what we want to do. And then on Fridays we have time for kudos and shouts and everything. And so I think that’s a really good way to give recognition to the people in your own class and recognize their efforts.

Because I know this year it’s hard to feel like. You’re putting out so much and you don’t get to hear people come up to you at school and say, Hey, I really liked this thing, this event that you put on at lunch, or I really enjoyed this. And it’s hard that you don’t get that feedback from people. And so getting that from your classmates and getting that from the people in your leadership class is a really good way to keep the morale up and keep people going.

And then the other thing is just delegating tasks evenly. I know it’s easy to feel like. You need to take on so much and that if you’re a leader in a group, or if you’re in a president, if you’re an exec position, or if you’re in a, you know, , a director, I know I’m in a director’s position where I’m director of school spirit.

It’s easy to feel like you need to take on more, but at the same time, it goes back to. Being able to step back and let others step up. And it’s important that you can delegate tasks evenly. And if someone has a lot of stuff going on in their life, maybe leadership isn’t at the top of their list and they need to take some time to get their grades up or to do other stuff.

Then it’s important to figure out and be open and honest about who can contribute. How much to certain tasks and figure it out that way. And I think one of the biggest things about, you know, being hyped and getting excited for people is, is just showing you care. And I think a lot of people are embarrassed to show that they care about things that they care about their school, that they care about getting students involved, but.

It’s, there’s no point in that. I mean, especially when you show you care, other people are going to follow and it’s, it’s kind of a lead by example thing. I know if you have younger siblings, I know my parents always tell me I have younger siblings. They always tell me, you know, you’re the example. You have to set a good example.

And so if you show you care, other people are going to follow. Other people in your leadership class are going to follow and get excited and, and, you know, get hyped up for things and get your student body. You know, excited and eventually that’s what’s going to happen. So then we have, we’re moving into kind of how to get the student body hyped up and excited.

I think especially this year, offering awards and acts and incentives to people for participating in events, just because events have been weird and to try and figure out. How to do them and, and what they need to be like has just been a zoo. I know for my school, at least. And so offering, even if it’s just, you know, a $5 Dutch bros gift card, or even if it’s just, you know, where you’re going to get an email that says, thank you for participating in this, it doesn’t matter how big it doesn’t have to be.

Oh, we’re giving away two wanting t-shirts. To these people it’s expensive. But , even if they’re small, I think people appreciate incentives and they appreciate being rewarded for participating. And the other thing is making things a competition. I know we have done that in the past and it is a lot easier to do.

In-person and when people are all together, but having social media competitions, having class competitions are good ways to make people want to get involved because they want to win. I mean, everyone wants to win everything. So making competition definitely helps. And then also. Just don’t, don’t be embarrassed to participate.

This goes back to what I said on the last side. , if you’re going to throw a party, you better show up to it. This might be the, the most said phrase in my leadership class by my advisor. And it’s, it’s basically saying that when you put on an event, You, you know, you better be there. You better participate in it because if we’re not, if we’re putting on events that we don’t even want to shop to, then the student body is gonna want to show up to it.

And I think that’s one of the biggest pieces of wisdom that I’ve taken away from my leadership class is just if you’re embarrassed to participate in something, if you, yourself, someone in leadership is embarrassed to participate. Just think about how the rest of the student body is going to feel. So if you’re going to throw up, throw a party, you better show up to it.

, and then kind of continuing from that last slide, the most important thing right now is just making students feel as if they’re supported. I think right now it has been a really tough year for pretty much everyone. And I think I know I need some extra support. I know everyone needs some extra support, so just, just letting students know that you’re there for them and that your teachers at school are there for them.

And that. They’re counselors there, and their peers are there to support them. It’s just a, really a really important thing right now. I know a lot of people are feeling down and feeling isolated and lonely. And, and I think part of our job as ASB classes, as leadership classes is just to make people feel loved and supportive, even if they aren’t in school, because I know a lot of kids get it.

Get that when they’re in school from their teachers and they’re able to go and get help. And sometimes it’s harder to do that in a virtual environment. So I think reaching out to it doesn’t have to be one-on-one with students, but I know we did, we did a pen pals thing where we had upperclassmen, , have a, , underclassmen or a freshmen pen pal.

And it was really neat to be able to email younger. Students and, and be able to give them advice and be able to hear how their virtual freshman year is going. And so I think, I think doing things like that and just making sure students feel like they are appreciated and noticed, and supported is really important.

And it’s, it’s a weird, it’s a really weird time for everyone. I think I’ve said that a few times just. To put the emphasis on it. And I think small efforts can mean a lot to people. It doesn’t have to be, , a big activity. It doesn’t have to be a big outreach where you talk to a hundred of them, of the underclassmen or even people in your own grade.

It doesn’t even have to be like, I like that. It can be just a small thing. Okay. I’m going to reach out to you. One person this week and see how they’re doing. And I think as a leader in the building, that’s an important thing to do, even if it’s not always an organized set plan for everything. And just giving recognition for the efforts that people are making outside of leadership is important.

I know. We have had sports starting back up. And so recognizing athletes and also recognizing people in clubs who have been doing some hard work to even get clubs going and to make sure they’re doing okay. And, and that kind of stuff. I think it’s important that you recognize, and also academic efforts too.

It’s been a tough time to stay on top of work and to stay motivated with things. So I think recognizing people who have been doing it. Well, academically is also a really important thing. And, and through leadership, we can do a lot of that. And also, you know, it’s not, it’s not a one size fits all thing. And if that’s one of the takeaways you take from this is that’s probably one of the most important ones is just it.

None of this information is going to fit every single school and every single leadership class. And it’s, it’s important to know that. Not all of this information will work for your school or will work for your class and you, you can take. W I, I hope you take one big thing away from this presentation, but if you don’t, then that’s okay too, because not all of this information is tailored to every school.

I know certain things work for my school. I know we’ve had a lot of things that haven’t worked, that we’ve tried out for our school. And I think that’s, that’s an important thing too, is to try new things out and to figure out. You know, this year is kind of a time that traditions honestly, just kind of go out the window.

So figuring out new things that you can carry over into next year, and make them feel special for people. And I think that’s, that’s a really a really neat thing. And I think each school is different in that the dynamics between the student body and the leadership class in each school is different and the dynamics within the leadership class and, and you know, it’s not a one size fits all thing.

So yeah. , I just have some Dever debriefing questions that you can go through on your own, , or talk to other people in your leadership class about. So this kind of goes back to what I was just talking about. , so what’s, what’s the main lesson or tip that you’ll take away from this workshop. I hope you take something away from this workshop and, , if you don’t then that’s all good.

Okay. And then also, how can you apply one or a few of these things in your own school? And then also, how will you pass this information off to others within your leadership class? I know not everyone can watch this workshop. It’s kind of weird that we’re doing a virtual workshop, to be honest, but, , yeah, so I, I feel free to think about these questions.

If you need to reach out to me, you totally can. I can drop my email somewhere. It’s yeah, but. I appreciate all of you listening through this whole presentation, and I hope you enjoy the rest of the spring conference. Thank you.

Oh, I’m still sharing. Sorry guys.

Hello! My name is Laney Hyder and I’m a junior at McMinnville High School and the OASC representative for the Northwest region. Fun fact about me is that I broke my foot playing a video game. This workshop is all about getting students around you (both in leadership and in general) hyped! We will talk about different motivational tips and examples of events to put on in a virtual/restrained school experience. You should view this workshop if you are having a hard time figuring out how to get your school excited about your efforts!