On Friday, October 28, members of the Johnstown High School Student Council took a trip to the historic Fort William Henry in Lake George. The Student Council members learned how Sir William Johnson, who founded the Fort in 1755, was instrumental in its construction. The students also learned the role that the Fort, with its critical position on the southern shore of Lake George, played in the Revolutionary War, and how the French and British fought for control of the Fort in 1757. In addition to the history of the Fort, the Student Council members learned about the military tactics and weaponry of the time, as live musket and cannon fire was conducted.
Following the demonstration, the students embarked on a ride aboard the Horicon steamboat around the Lake. They were able to see the sites mentioned in the tour of the Fort, as well as downtown Lake George and the surrounding scenery of the area.
The Student Council Officers, including Co-Presidents Brandon Mraz and Chelsea Cirillo, Co-Vice Presidents Derek Lee and Riley Hall, Treasurer Jack Truckenmiller, Secretaries Lauryn Wilson and Emily Clizbe, Public Relations Officer Emily Miles, Event Coordinator Rachel Lee, and Technology/Communications Officer Alexis Houser, will now be working closer to home as they continue to raise funds for a charitable holiday donation in the local Johnstown Community.