RANDOLPH, NJ- The Randolph High School’s Student Council hosted magician Jason Alan on Thursday, April 24. The family friendly magic show event invited everyone from the community of all ages.
“A gym teacher here saw Jason Alan’s show and it blew his mind. He said we had to get this guy so we looked into it,” said Student Council Co-Advisor, Lindsay Brinkerhoff.
Alan has been performing magic shows full time since 2002. He instantly became one of the top magicians in the nation. The council reached out to him and found out that he was from Ohio and willing to travel.
The Student Council posted on Twitter about the show, and Alan tweeted back. The day of the show, Alan went to the high school lunches and performed teasers for the students.
“Then he went over to the middle school and did their lunches and the kids were going bananas. He did card tricks and then hand gestures where things would appear. We did ask if he sawed people in half and he said he gets asked that all the time but no. A couple a kids were like oh you’re not going to make me disappear,” Brinkerhoff said jokingly.
Brinkerhoff is a Student Council Co-Advisor, Interact Advisor and Special Education/English Teacher. She has been at the school for six years. Another Co-Advisor is art teacher Kelly Fogas.
The Co-Advisors meet once a week with the students to talk about any upcoming shows and new plans for future events. This is the first year that Brinkerhoff has worked with the student council.
“We kind of run the whole student council, and then each grade level also have two advisors and their own set of council students. Their council consists of eight students that promote and organize events for all four grade levels to participate in."
The student council had a spirit week in the fall, a tradition where they host daily events for the grades to compete and raise money. They also participate in pep rallies and have hosted a county student council convention. Student councils from other schools were invited to RHS so that the kids could interact, brainstorm and see what activties other schools were doing.
“The student council is hoping to raise some money, either to put back into the schools or to make an annual donation. This year we chose to donate our proceeds to the Hero Campaign,” said Brinkerhoff.
Based on this year’s events the student council donated $7,500 dollars to the state student council chosen charity. They are going to the state conference on May 15, where they will see if they win a reward for one of the highest donations.
The student council’s last fundraiser raised $1,000 and the magic show night was also a success. Brinkerhoff reported also raising about $1,000.
“I am very pleased since it was his first performance at Randolph High School. I'm glad we were able to offer that to the Randolph community. We hope to host him again in the fall,” said Brinkerhoff.
The show was a combination of card and mind tricks. It was attended by a variety of ages. The show was very interactive with the students, inviting them on stage and allowing them to participate in magic acts.
“This has been a really successful year. We’re really trying to fuse the student body to create unity among the grades and the students, have them work together and support one another. We’re trying to do as much as we can. Have fun with it so it encourages people to come,” said Brinkerhoff.
Another student council fundraiser was Battle of the Bands which went well. Their spirit week also raised $10,000 and was donated a few different places.
“It’s amazing,” said Brinkerhoff. “Once they all work together, there’s so many of them that it becomes really successful.”
For more information, click on the Jason Alan website: http://jasonalanmagic.com/