Welcome to the website of the Hanover High School Council! The Council was founded during the 1973-74 school year and was endorsed in 1977 by the Dresden School Board. Currently, it is made up of over 40 students, staff and community members. The Council is one of three governmental bodies that make decisions at the high school, along with the Administration and the Judiciary Committee. For more information about Council's operation, please go to the Downloads page to view the latest version of the Council bylaws or click here.

Otherwise, this website is a resource for committee information, member information, important documents and lists of motions that have recently been either passed or failed by Council. Please feel free to explore this website, and if you have any comments, suggestions or the like, please see the Contact page to let us know.

Council meets in the Chorus/Orchestra Room from 10:15am-11:00am on Wednesdays.

2016-2017 Council Leadership

Henry Lang ('17) - Moderator
Connor Stafford ('17) - Assistant Moderator
Mae Butler ('17) - Treasurer
Coyote Farrell ('17) - Secretary
Jasper Meyer ('18) - Dresden School Board Representative
Nanako Shirai ('17) - Public Relations Person

AGENDA - 6/1/16

1. Approval of Minutes

2. Reports

3. Skip Bean Democratic Citizens Award

4. Leadership Committee Motion

5. OEC Bylaw Revisions

6. Gender Ad-Hoc Committee 

7. Notes and New Business

2016-2017 Members


Lucas Blackmore (2017)

Mr. Bourne (Staff)

Mae Butler (2017)

Mr. Gentine (Staff)

Aisling Kelly (2018)

Henry Lang (2017)

Patrick Logan (2017)

Jasper Meyer (2018)

Matt Prince (Staff)

Colm Seigne (2019)

Georgia Sparks (2017)

Connor Stafford (2017)

Class of 2017

Coyote Farrell

Emmie Foster

Henry Mackall

Chessie Newbold

Nanako Shirai

Alternate: Thomas Judd

Class of 2018

Catherine Han

Henry Kahl

Perrin Milliken (S1)

Max Taxman

Isabelle Sangha

Alternate: Marion Umpleby (S1) / Isobel Loftus (S2)

Class of 2019

Dillon Bradley

Romaney Granizo-Mackenzie

Elizabeth Napier

Lois Schwarz

Leila Trummel

Alternate: Spencer Brown

Class of 2020

Ian Nolon

Alice Garner

Tessa Stewart

Joey Perras

Alternate: Justin Zhou


Ms. Murray





Alternate: TBD

Council Executive

Maureen Doyle

New and Tuition



Community Representatives





Attendance for Council Meetings
To see committee attendance, please visit the committee pages

Council Attendance 16-17

  • Minutes 6.8.16

    Agenda 9.7.16

    1. Approval of Minutes

    2. Reports

    3. TBD

    Council Minutes 6.8.16

    1. Approval of Minutes

    2. Reports

      • Moderator: Last meeting before summer. I hope committees went well.

      • A-Mod: Committees seemed to be going well. Thanks for electing chairs. I will be sending out attendance Google Docs to all the Chairs to keep attendance.

      • Treasurer: The money allocation for the Club of the Year Award will be finalized Friday.

      • Secretary: Rising Senior Alternate can vote

      • Curric: Decided on interim chairs of Chessie Newbold and Elizabeth Napier until we can meet next year and discussed goals.

      • Student Life: Elected Georgia Sparks Chair and Patrick Logan Vice-Chair and talked about goals and field trips for next year.

      • Student Activities: We elected Co-Chairs of Aisling and Emmie and talked about goals.

      • OEC: Elected Henry Kahl Chair. From last year’s OEC we have the OEC bylaw revisions coming today.

      • Admin: We elected Catherine Han Chair and talked about goals for next year

      • Nick Beard: We had a bunch of new letters come in so we have posted two and have two more to go up. If anyone is interesting in serving on this committee email Henry.

    3. Leadership Committee Motion

      • It doesn’t make sense because there is a danger of members wanting to be on the same committee

      • If you think you have the personality type or interest in a committee you should be able to serve on that

      • From experience of being on a committee with two members of leadership on it, one member was more committed than the other and the majority of committee work was done by the non-leadership members of the committee

      • It puts the moderator in a bad position because they have final say over whose is on which committee and it is hard to decide between fellow leadership members

      • Past moderators have said it's very important for the Moderator to be on Admin

      • This motion does not require two members of leadership on one committee, although it could theoretically happen, it was designed to create fluidity

      • Motion Fails

    4. OEC Bylaw Revision

    “I move to amend the bylaws in the following manner as outlined in the motion

      • These changes are movements to reflect current practice, moving tasks to the positions where they make the most sense, clarifying advisors for class committees, and a grammatical change

      • OEC worked really hard on this and should be trusted

      • New and tuition students were capped at two because in practice it has been to have one or two because of the limit on the number of old Council members

      • We could have more than 1 or 2 new/tuition student reps this year

      • Motion Passes

    • Gender Ad Hoc Committee

    “I move to create an Ad Hoc Committee consisting of representatives from Council, allies of the HHS Rainbow Alliance, and members of the community at large which will be called the Gender Inclusivity Committee and will strive to educate the school community about the gender motion. The GIC will raise awareness of the new gender inclusivity section of the HHS handbook in conjunction with the administration.”

      • During discussion of the gender motion there were many comments about educating the public about the gender motion and answering questions that might arise when the motion is implemented

      • The goal of this committee is educated people about the motion more so than the ideas behind the motion or an evaluation of the motion

      • Ad Hoc Committees are automatically established for a year

      • I would like more clarification about the goal of the committee

      • Motion Passes

    • Notes and New Business

    “I move to initiate a discussion about the possibility of only using roll call voting when a member of the body calls for a roll call vote”

    • The roll call vote was brought as a whole series of motions to maximize Council accountability and the way we are doing it now is fairly well optimized where we only have roll calls for larger motions

    • It is nice to have a voting record rather than just a group of voices and then it’s gone

    • This diminishes the flow and productivity of Council but there are motions where it isn’t useful or productive to go through the procedure

    • This motion leaves the ability to record important votes at the request of a single member

    • A motion might cause interest outside of Council even if Council doesn’t see the motion as controversial and I would hate that said person would not be able to find a voting record

    • For motions that we think people care about deserve roll calls but there are motions that people outside Council don’t care about like bylaw changes

    • There needs to be a balance between accountability and transparency

    • Currently anyone can request a suspension of rules to hold a vocal vote rather than a roll call but that requires its own vocal vote

    • At least one person on Council should have the sense to call for a roll call if it would be necessary

    • I am worried that eventually people will stop calling for a roll call in future Councils and it is very important

    Posted Jul 13, 2016, 2:07 PM by HHS Council
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