Student Government at Carmel High School is made up of three sections: four class officers for each grade, six senators for each grade, and approximately 425 members in the House of Representatives.
There are elections each spring to be a class officer or senator. To become a House member, students have to submit an application in the fall.
A Student Body President and Speaker of the House are elected each spring from the then junior class to serve the following school year. The Student Body President presides over the Senate and provides leadership to the student government as a whole, and the Speaker presides over the House. The House Cabinet is selected each spring by application and interview and works with the Speaker of the House to coordinate House activities.
Ms. Michelle Foutz and Ms. Sarah Wolff are currently the faculty advisors. The Senate and House Cabinet have special SRTs to enable those students to plan events. The 425 members of House meet twice a month during SRT. The class officers meet as needed by the class sponsor to plan events.
About the Senate
The Senate's major responsibilities include organizing Homecoming, two blood drives, a canned food drive, Care-to-Share Christmas gift drive, and Dance Marathon for Riley Hospital.
For Homecoming, Senators are responsible for planning the festivities on Homecoming Day, which include the parade, the tricycle race, and the bands at the stadium.
Care-to-Share takes place in November and December. The Senate is responsible for finding families to support via the United Christmas Service and organizing the gift collections during school.
The Senate’s largest undertaking is the annual Dance Marathon for Riley Hospital. This is a fundraising event where over 700 students raise money in the months preceding a six hour event on a Saturday night in February. This year, Dance Marathon raised over $129,000 in just its third year.
About the House
The House of Representatives includes approximately 425 students. There are members from each grade who participate in planning and publicizing various student government events each year, including Tailgate for Life, Movie Night, Garage Sale, Smoothie Smashdown, the Homecoming Alumni Tent, Basketball Tailgate and Dance Marathon.