Story by Emily Leonetti -- Staff Writer/Student
Photo by Kathy Ebenal
The local Oregon City Burgerville is not a place most associate with loud rock music and hordes of teenage students. However, last Thursday it was transformed into a hot spot for the student body of Oregon City High School as a Student Council fundraiser.
The fundraiser, according to senior Student Council members Katie Kohler and Jackson Peters, was to raise money to send ten students to Washington DC for the National Leadership Conference. The conference will take place in February and allow students from all over the country to congregate and learn about leadership. Student Council hopes to raise about ten thousand dollars by February, according to sophomore Student Council member Lucy Kleiner.
Burgerville donated 10% of profits from the night to Student Council, but OCHS wasn't the only one who benefitted. According to Kohler, the restaurant reported it was the most they have ever made during the dinner hours.
The visiting students seemed to enjoy the fundraiser and accompanying rock show as well. "I think it is a good fundraiser," said senior Cole Nelson, "It feels successful."
One of the big highlights of the night was the student band She's Not Dead playing as entertainment. Though it was a change from their usual venues of bars, the all-girl band was happy to help. Lead singer and guitarist, senior Kira Nesser, is also a Student Council member, so volunteered the band to help out. She's Not Dead played a mixture of original songs and covers of their personal favorites such as "I Love Rock and Roll" by Joan Jett, and "East Jesus Nowhere" by Green Day.
About the event, Nesser said, "We did good, there was a better turnout than I expected."
Though some of the Burgerville staff and unaffiliated customers were a bit disgruntled, the night was an overall success. Student Council managed to raise $300 over the course of the night.
If you would like to help the student council members attend the leadership conference in Washington, DC donations will be accepted. Send checks to the high school marked "Washington DC trip".