The Werley student body presidents |

The Werley student body presidents

Sarah Gonser

Perhaps it was something in the water they drank or the food they ate. Or maybe it was just a good, old-fashioned upbringing with plenty of tender, loving care.

Whatever the reasons, all three became leaders – student body presidents at South Tahoe High School. It was a responsibility that they accepted with pride and acknowledged as one of the greatest learning experiences of their high school careers.

Cam, Jake and Jordan Werley, the children of Paul and Mary Ann, share two attractive characteristics. They are modest, yet far from shy.

“We were all really active at school, it was just the next logical step,” said 18-year-old Jordan. “It’s really a learning experience and it takes hard work and a lot of time.”

The fresh-faced Werley progeny exude positive and happy energy – it’s impossible not to be affected by it. Cam, 22, was student body president in 1994; Jake, 19, was president in 1997; and Jordan is president now.

The job, while fun at times, is also very demanding, Jordan said. It requires eight to nine hours of work every week, plus maintaining a good grade point average and keeping up with day-to-day school work.

“There’s a lot of organization involved,” said Cam, who is now married and teaching religious studies to high school students in the Bay Area. “You’re in charge of programs like staff appreciation, the blood drive and the student store. And you represent the student body, like to the library committee, or the school board.”

The unusual fact that all three served as student body presidents might have something to do with their upbringing.

“Our parents really love us, and let us know that,” Jake said. “They support us and give us guidance without telling us what to do. They’re understanding and really work with us. I think my parents are awesome.”

Jake is a first-year student at Westmont College in Santa Barbara and Jordan, although she has applied to eight schools, is hoping to join him at Westmont next fall.

The challenges of assuming a leadership position in high school, besides looking good on college applications, are rewarding and well-worth all the hard work, Cam said.

“I made a lot of friends, adult friends, which I still have today,” Cam added. “It also makes me appreciate my students now a lot more. It somehow makes it easier to relate to them, probably because I was so involved in everything that goes on in high school.”

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