From left to right
Nalani Tinker, Sophia Harding, Niyati Kuntamala, and Melissa Wong
From left to right Nalani Tinker, Sophia Harding, Niyati Kuntamala, and Melissa Wong

Behind the scenes of Fossil’s 2024 Senior Officers

Fossil Ridge High School’s Senior Officers work behind the scenes to ensure a great year for seniors and to leave a lasting impact in the school. 

This year there are four class officers with four different roles. The class president is Sophia Harding, the vice president is Melissa Wong, the secretary is Nalani Tinker, and the treasurer is Niyati Kuntumalla. These students handle the senior quote, song, gift, celebration, walk out, and reunions.  

The officers sent out polls and surveys for the senior quote and song to find something that best represents the class of 2024. After the polls and approval from the Deans the class of 2024, the senior song is “I Lived” by OneRepublic and the class quote is “Never back down never what? Never give up.” The song will be played at graduation and Wong will say the quote in her speech as class vice president. 

The class gift has been the main focus for the senior officers. The senior gift is funded by the prom the year prior. This allows graduating classes to leave a lasting impression at Fossil. 

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This year the gift will be a stone slab in front of the school with Native Colorado plants in the middle of the courtyard.

Secretary Tinker wants to “revamp that circle. . . And add native Colorado plants to it.” 

In the past, Senior Celebration has been a picnic in the afternoon of senior walk out. The officers are unsure what they want to do this year but are currently discussing their options. 

Senior officers can also work as voices for the senior class. The existence of senior walk out has always been threatened by the harmful actions of some students. This year, admin is working with senior officers to make sure walk out is what it needs to be while staying safe for everyone involved. 

“We’re always trying to push the idea of keeping it because it’s so special to the seniors,” Wong says.

In the future, they will be the organizers of high school reunions. They are currently brainstorming ways to contact everyone after high school so that everyone has an opportunity to be involved. To some officers, this means a lot to them. 

“When I was younger, I moved around a whole ton and I feel very connected to the people I used to know and I wish I had reunions with my elementary school and middle school peers,”  Wong explained.


Edited to correct the spelling of Niyati Kuntumalla

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