SOW: Griffin Woolsey October 27, 2008

Head Boy at Central High envisions even an Oval Office

Central senior Griffin Woolsey has a lot on his plate; Head Boy, Ap history, ACT tests, and basketball.

Catching Griffin Woolsey with time to himself occurs rarely.

But Central High School’s Head Boy said he doesn’t mind.

“I didn’t think being Head Boy would take as much of my time as it does, but you’ve got to put a lot in to get a lot out,” Woolsey said. “I’m not worried about not having time. I’m doing my goal.”

Woolsey said the student senate oversees Central’s clubs and activities and “makes sure everything is the best it can be.”

Since the beginning of the school year, Woolsey said the student senate organized the first bonfire Central has had in 20 years and attracted the largest homecoming turnout the school ever has seen.

The top priority for the year, however, is establishing the High Council, Woolsey said, which would unite Central’s clubs under one organization to encourage collaboration.

“Our main goal in student senate is to make sure everyone is on the same page,” Woolsey said.

Over the past two years, he said, clubs have, for the most part, kept to themselves in cliques and focused on their own activities.

Many students missed opportunities to participate at club events, Woolsey said, because the events were not publicized enough before happening.

“We just don’t want anything to be unapproachable,” he said. “We don’t want everyone to stay in the comfort zone all four years of high school.”

Jennie Kiser, teacher adviser to the student senate, said Woolsey has been part of student government for three years as freshman vice president, junior class treasurer and now Head Boy.

“He has taken the initiative to work beyond what is asked to meet the needs of his classmates,” Kiser said.

Woolsey’s leadership experience goes back to middle school, when he was student body president at Bookcliff Middle School, and if everything goes according to plan, it will extend well beyond his college years.

A self-described political nut, Woolsey said he will get involved in student government at whatever college he attends. He is thinking about George Mason University in Virginia, the University of Oklahoma or the University of Arizona.

“I want to attend college out of Colorado,” he said.

“I’ve lived here my whole life. It’s time to try somewhere else.”

Woolsey said he sees himself on the political fast track from internships with elected officials to holding office himself one day.

“My ideal job, of course, would be president,” Woolsey said. “I’ve got a while, but I feel like I could achieve that.”

GPA: 3.75

Parents: George Jr. and Monique Serra

Preferred colleges: George Mason University, the University of Oklahoma or the University of Arizona

Where do you see yourself in five years: making people smile and laugh

Favorite musicians: Young Buck, Tupac and Dierks Bentley

Favorite TV show: ESPN’s “Sportscenter”

Heroes: his older brothers. “I have looked up to them my whole life,” he said. “They paved the way.”

I’m most proud of: becoming Head Boy.


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