BLAST! Special Edition
Pillar 1: Leadership Development
What exactly is GASC BLAST again?
It took place on June 9-12, 2016 at the beautiful South Georgia State College in Douglas, GA. The student delegates shared a long weekend of leadership games, development, and fun. A'ric Jackson, a public speaker and excellent leadership facilitator, developed the curriculum for the camp and worked closely with students as they explored different styles of leadership, communication skills, exemplary practices, and even determined what they wanted their leadership legacy to be.
Pillar 2: Service
Back At It Again: Year 2 Campers
Part of a Dude Be Nice initiative, these second years painted canvases for Shirley Quenzer, the facility (South Georgia State College), and the lunch ladies. They also made promotion videos for the school and camp. The most personal thing they did was write deep letters to all of the first year camp attendees.
Pillar 3: Membership
Distinguished BLAST Leaders
Caralee Bennett, Camden County High School
Savannah Brodnax, Grayson High School
Hailey Chinen, Camden County High School
Reina Cobbs, Wayne County High School
Dalton Davidson, Wayne County High School
Alyssa Hare, Coffee High School
Hannah Harper, Coffee High School
Avery Hurst, George Washington Carver
Akugbe Imudia, Grayson High School
Trinity Johnson, Grayson High School
Andreea Juravschi, Mountain View High School
Yusuf Khader, Mountain View High School
Liza Llanos, Wayne County High School
Kendall McCarthy, North Gwinnett High School
Mikayla Merritt, Wayne County High School
Brice Minix, Coffee High School
Jennie Nguyen, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Max Oliver, Wayne County High School
Avery Ray, Grayson High School
Katlyn Reece, Mountain View High School
Beckett Smith, Grayson High School
Jovanna Soler, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Ali Stehr, Mountain View High School
Kensley Vickers, Coffee High School
Jillian Walker, Mountain View High School
Leyland Whitetree, Camden County High School
Nubia Young, Wayne County High School
Quotes from the students who attended this year!
-Avery Ray, Grayson High School
"You could not find a more accepting, comforting, and life changing group of people in the world. At BLAST, you form relationships in 4 days that last a lifetime."
-Adreea J., Mountain View High School
"One of the most life changing and unique experiences out there. The individual leadership lessons we learned throughout the journey are things that we will carry with us for the rest of our lives, including the incredible relationships we made along the way."
-Ali Stehr, Mountain View High School
"My whole outlook on life changed at BLAST. Not only did I learn leadership lessons that will last a lifetime, but I met a group of people that became my family. It is an experience that I will never forget."
-Beckett Smith, Grayson High School
"To be completely honest, I didn't come to this camp with "out of this world expectations." I signed up because it was just something to do during the summer so that I wouldn't be bored. But after spending four days with such genuine and real people and learning the lessons that I did, I came out of this camp with such a new outlook on the world and how to be a better leader in it. I made such strong friendships, participated in fun team-building sports, and even learned things about myself that I did not know before. This camp is the best part of GASC, and I strongly recommend it to all Student Council members."
-Jennie Nguyen, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology