As part of the process to prepare students for high school, I passed out this 'assignment' to my 9th graders.
I had my class divide into their sections to nominate and vote on a section leader for the term. The goal is to encourage students to work together and feel a responsibility towards their sections and the orchestra as a whole. This leadership policy/assignment was welcomed, and many students were desirous to take on a leadership role to serve their sections. I will let the sections vote on a different leader each term.