Student delegates from Royse City High School’s Student Council joined nearly five thousand students and advisors, representing more than 400 student councils from across the state that converged on the Arlington Convention Center April 9-11 for the annual Texas Association of Student Councils (TASC) Annual High School Conference at Cedar Creek High School in Arlington.
“Going to state convention was really a great experience. I loved getting to share project ideas with other schools, hearing some great speakers, and having a great time with my friends. I can’t wait until next year!” RCHS Student Council Community Service Chair Destiny Sakolevidis said.
“State convention was such a great time. From hanging out with some of my favorite StuCo people, to hearing some awesome motivational speakers, I was able to make so many memories that I will forever cherish,” RCHS Student Council Recording Secretary Kaitlyn Jeffery said.
This year’s theme, “DARE TO DREAM. DARE TO DO!” urged students not only to dream of doing good and achieving those dreams, but also to “do” what it takes to achieve them. Students were challenged by guest speakers, peer leaders, advisors, TASC state staff members, and others to put their goals into action and to make a difference, within their schools, communities, states, and on a global scale. The state platform for officer candidate school Southlake Carroll Senior High School featured information and an urge to action for issues involving human trafficking. After a vote of all eligible delegate schools, Southlake Carroll—a member school of District 3 along with RCHS–secured the office of TASC State Parliamentarian School for 2017-2018. Another District 3 member school, Byron Nelson HS, earned the position of State Vice-President School for the coming school year.
“I think my favorite part of the TASC Convention is always watching so many schools come together to exchange ideas, tweak projects, and lift each other up. It’s a hub of positivity and a center for productive thought, and being in the midst of that kind of atmosphere is definitely worth all the work we put in throughout the year,” RCHS Student Council Membership Chair Sydney Hall said.
The conference included presentations by groups such as Dude, Be Nice, and Rachel’s Challenge; breakouts about projects and opportunities presented by other Student Council students, and an evening at Six Flags. Speakers included Bob Upgren, Keith Hawkins, and M3 Rock n’ Talk.
“I think the best part of the state convention was seeing what other student councils across the state do and getting new and great ideas. While I may be leaving this year, I’m very pleased to have seen this program grow, and I think that by going to the state convention that RCHS StuCo will be able to implement some great ideas into next year and only move upwards and onwards, “RCHS Student Council Co-Vice-President Johnny Biffar said.
“I have been to multiple TASC annual conventions in the past, so I knew what my kids were in store for; and I knew that they would leave there inspired and invigorated to go back home and continue to make an impact on many levels. We are fortunate to have the support of our principal, superintendent, staff, and families as we challenge ourselves to maintain momentum and take each school year to a bigger and better level than the one before,” RCHS StuCo Advisor Leah Voth said.
“State convention was a great way to celebrate the year and find new ideas for next year. It was also great fun reconnecting with StuCo friends from prior events,” RCHS Student Council President Darrah Merrilat said.
“State was one of the most motivating and memorable parts of this year. Being in an environment with people who are striving for the same purpose for their schools and communities is inspiring. I hope that our efforts as a council progress immensely from the new ideas and motivation that we’ve received from the speakers and students from all across Texas,” RCHS Student Council Spirit Chair Victoria Aguilera said.
Advisor Leah Voth and Student Delegate Destiny Sakolevidis were previously invited by State Secretary School Teague High School to serve on the tabulations committee, which handled the highly structured process of counting voting ballots. It was an honor and an eye-opening experience, which they would like to repeat in the future.
TASC is a non-profit serving high school and middle level student councils in Texas. Sponsored by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals, its purposes are to develop leadership abilities in students, promote democracy as a way of life, and uphold high standards for local councils. With over 1200 member schools, it is the largest state student council organization in the US.
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