GASC Gazette

November 2018

Pillar 1: Leadership Development

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GASC Convention 2019

Join us February 22-24, 2019 at Rock Eagle as we travel through the decades and learn valuable lessons in leadership. Expect inspiring keynote addresses, engaging break-out sessions, and plenty of opportunities to form connections with leaders from across the state.

Registration is now LIVE!

Registration closes on Friday, January 25th, 2019. Please be sure to have each attendee's name, birth date, email address, emergency contact information, and t-shirt size-- you will need this information in order to complete each registration.

Primary advisors should have received emails with unique registration links to register their schools. If not, please email

For more information about Convention and to register, visit our NEW Convention website by clicking the button below.

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Leadership Summit 2018

On Monday November 5, members of GASC from all across the state of Georgia gathered at our State Capitol for the annual Leadership Summit. Thank you to all delegates who made the trip to learn why Leadership Never Goes Extinct with us. It was one successful Summit with 430 total delegates, 353 students, 77 advisors, and 117 elementary and middle school students.
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A HUGE Thank You!

Thank you to our Vice Presidents and Leadership Paleontologists of Grayson High School for hosting a successful Summit!

A Look Back at the District 1 Rally

The District 1 Rally was held November 3, 2018 at Alpharetta High School. Centered around Dr. Seuss and "Oh the Places Leadership Will Take You", attendees had an enriching experience! The rally started off with some Just Dance and fast forwarded right into swap shops, where fundraising and community service were discussed. There were two workshops- one for tips on how to handle presentation mishaps and the other for first impressions. Attendees heard from Eisha Baig, Alpharetta's former Student Council President. A huge thank you to District 1 Representatives Sophia Abedi and Natasha Havanur for hosting a successful District Rally!
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NatStuco Conference 2019

From June 24-26, 2019, the National Association of Student Councils will hold their National Conference at South Fayette High School in McDonald, PA (just outside of Pittsburgh).

The theme, Forging Student Leaders, is designed to light the fire within students, advisors, and administrators as they connect with their peers and discover new ways to enhance their leadership abilities.

NatStuco Conference

Click on the button to learn more about the 2019 NatStuco Conference!

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BLAST! Summer Camp 2019

From July 17 to July 20, 2019, GASC will host the annual BLAST Summer Camp at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, GA. Leaders from councils all over Georgia can come together to learn how to become stronger leaders. After three days dedicated to bettering themselves, these delegates walk away from BLAST Summer Camp as new and improved leaders. Mark your calendars and keep an eye out for more information pertaining to registration for this truly life-changing event!
BLAST! Summer Camp

For more information about BLAST and a look back on previous camps, click the button!

Pillar 2: Service

Our State Service Project: Bert's Big Adventure

This year, we encourage each council to fund raise at least $500 for Bert's Big Adventure. The high schools and middle schools with the most money raised and the most creative fundraiser will receive an award at Convention.

These are the programs you would be helping if your council raised money for Bert's Big Adventure:

  • The Walt Disney World Trip Program is the original program in which each year, the organization provides a magical five-day, all-expenses-paid journey to Walt Disney World® for children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families. From the limo rides and chartered flight to the character-filled parties and princess makeovers, the trip is nothing short of magical. Throughout the trip, each family is accompanied by a Bert’s Big Adventure liaison, allowing them to get the most out of their once-in-a-lifetime experience.

  • The Fairy Godparent Volunteer Program supports the organization's families when a Bert's Big Adventure child is admitted to a partner hospital. The Fairy Godparent volunteers visit the children daily and provide magical moments during a trying time.
  • The Reunion Adventure Program is an attempt by the organization to further strengthen its established communities and friendships. These exclusive and unique events provide the families with year-round opportunities to enjoy more VIP experiences and intimate family time away from doctor visits and hospital stays.
  • A family can face copious, unforeseen financial struggles when a child is diagnosed with a chronic or terminal illness. Through the Other Charitable Services Program, Bert's Big Adventure helps families in need fill this financial gap during trying times.
Bert's Big Adventure

For more information on Bert's Big Adventure, click the button!

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The ABCs of Fundraising Ideas

We know it can be hard to think of creative ways to raise money. Here are 26 ideas to help get you started:

  • A: Auction- have parents/businesses donate new items for an auction
  • B: Bake Sale- get your council members to bring baked goods and sell them
  • *C: Car Wash- buy some soap, get a hose, and wash some cars
  • *D: Dinner Party/Sale- get your jazz band to play some music, cater from a restaurant, and invite family and friends
  • *E: Easter Egg Hunt- plant some Easter eggs around your school, encourage students to participate, award the collector of the most with a prize
  • *F: Festival Time- host a small carnival-like event with games and food one weekend
  • *G: Game Night- host a game night with some food and festivities
  • H: Holiday Costume Contest: encourage students to dress up as holiday characters for a small fee and let the best costume receive a prize
  • I: Involve Your Principal- get your principal to complete a challenge of some kind if students pay
  • *J: Jazz Night- invite various Jazz musicians and your school's jazz band to play one night
  • *K: Kite-Flying Contest: host a community-wide kite-flying contest and award the last kite standing a prize
  • *L: Lock-In- invite students for a school-wide lock-in, play some games, watch a few movies, and call it a night
  • *M: Movie Night- play some movies in your theater, pop popcorn, and pour drinks
  • *N: No-Stress Day- host a day filled with puppies, massages, candles, and music
  • O: Odd Jobs- spend a day or weekend doing odd jobs for teachers, neighbors, friends, and family for a small donation
  • P: Pajama Day- allow students to dress in their pajamas to school for a small fee
  • *Q: Quiz Night- ask students various questions in rounds and award the winner a prize
  • *R: Raffle Tickets- sell raffle tickets for a big prize
  • S: Scavenger Hunt for the Community (Idea Creds to Lambert!)- host a community-wide scavenger hunt, invite speakers, bring some food, and give the winning team a prize
  • *T: Talent Show- encourage students to showcase their talents at a stuco-hosted talent show
  • *U: University Day: invite college representatives, host seminars on filing FAFSA, and teach students how to find scholarships
  • V: Viral Video Challenge- create a crazy (and school-appropriate) video that explicitly encourages viewers to donate to your cause
  • W: Walk-A-Thon- invite your community to walk a mile or two for children in need
  • X: Xbox Tournament- invite community gamers to enter for a small fee and award the ultimate gamer a prize
  • Y: Yard Sale- encourage council members to bring in unwanted items and host a community yard sale
  • *Z: Zumba-Thon- invite some Zumba instructors and have a school-wide Zumba class one day

*These ideas require your council to sell tickets of some kind.

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GASC State Service Project

For information on BBA guidelines and procedures, click on the button!

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Spotlight on Service

Our new initiative, "Spotlight on Service" is an opportunity to highlight exciting, innovating, and successful service projects that various GASC member councils have introduced at their schools. The Spotlight on Service Showcase will feature various services that truly embody what it means to be a servant leader. This will give more service ideas to student councils across the state. This also gives councils the chance to show the state how great they really are!
Spotlight on Service Nomination Form

Fill out the form to nominate your council for a service!

Pillar 3: Membership

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Being a Member School

We are so excited you are a part of our organization! There is plenty to gain from your GASC membership:

  • Discounted rates for ALL GASC events
  • Opportunities where councils can receive training at our numerous events
  • Ability to represent Georgia at regional and national events through our affiliations with the National Association of Student Councils (NASC) and the Southern Association of Student Councils (SASC)
  • Chance to meet influential leaders from around our country
  • New connections with leaders around the state of Georgia
  • Fresh ideas for your council to better help your school and your community
  • Access to exclusive leadership content and resources at
  • Membership to an organization that lays the foundation for future generations of world leaders

Our goal is to provide a place for student leaders and advisors to grow and learn from each other through sharing and leadership training to make all Georgia councils and schools the best they can be.

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to foster the growth of leadership throughout the great state of Georgia.

Leadership Never Goes Out of Style (Especially for GASC Members!)

Our annual GASC Convention will be the highlight of the year and your membership!

Each member school is allowed to bring 20 delegates (this number must include students and advisors). However, you may bring two extra delegates for each of the following:
1- If you are running for Executive Board
2- If you are District Representatives
3- If you hugged another school during membership drive
4- If you joined GASC at the Gold Level
5- If you are presenting a workshop at Convention
6- If you raised the individual school goal of $500 for Bert’s Big Adventure

As a member, you benefit from discounted rates for Convention!

$210 for Student/Advisor Delegate + $15 for Pre-Conference

A look back at GASC Convention 2017: The Magic of Leadership

Pillar 4: Connections

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Humans of GASC

Meet your GASC Executive Board Members!
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Riley McNeil

Position: Vice President

School: Grayson High School

Grade: 12th

Mentor: "My biggest mentor in life is my mom. From a very young age, it was my mom who taught me to treat people with nothing but kindness because “you never know what’s going on in their lives and what even a small act can do” and she has inspired me to become the person I am today," Riley says.

Riley McNeil is Senior at Grayson High School in Loganville, Georgia. She currently serves as one of this year's Vice Presidents. Throughout her student career, Riley's most notable achievements include being voted Homecoming Queen, serving as a Student Relations Pillar Leader, organizing Homecoming and Sadie Hawkins Dances, and serving as a GASC Vice President School Representative. Through her council, Riley has received the Rising Star Award, Junior Member of the Year, and GASC BLAST! Member of the Year. Riley says her favorite GASC Memory was attending GASC for the first time when she was in 10th grade. "It was my first time attending the convention and our whole council came to Rock Eagle a day early to begin setting up and getting our convention ready for the other delegates. We were split into groups with jobs for the day and my friends and I were put in charge of T-shirt sorting. It turned out that we were not only sorting shirts, but also putting together and organizing name tags, colored bandanas, travel bags, and pens for every delegate and every school and every district. We finished nine hours later and were known for the rest of that year as the “Super Sophomores” by our Studco buddies and advisors. It was the first time I became involved in GASC and it was the first time that I found myself leading a Studco project and, despite the hours of labor, it will be a memory I will look back at fondly, and also thankfully because it’s now over, for years to come!" Riley says.

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Colton Johnson

Position: Crowd Compass App Consultant

School: Lambert High School

Grade: 12th

Favorite Quote(s): “Success isn’t how much money you make but how much of a difference you make in people’s lives.”: Michelle Obama

Colton Johnson is a Senior at Lambert High School in Suwanee, Georgia. He currently serves as the Crowd Compass App Consultant. Throughout his student career, Colton's most notable accomplishments include serving as the GASC Journal School Representative in 2017, serving as the Lambert High School Spanish Honors Society President, and being a Lambert Varsity Swimmer for all four years of High School. Colton says his favorite GASC Memory was sprinting after lanterns that were about to land in the woods at the last lantern lighting at GASC 2017.

Pillar 5: Democratic Principles

2019-2020 GASC Executive Board

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Pillar 6: Advisor Development

Advisor of the Month

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The GASC Advisor of the month is Mrs. Teresa Carver from Thomas County Central High School. Along with being the Student Council Advisor at Thomas County Central, Mrs. Carver is also the PAGE advisor and liaison for her department. Mrs. Carver also participates in numerous Southern Baptist Conventions around the state. Students at Thomas County Central believe she is an amazing role model because she exemplifies what a servant leader looks like, sounds like, and acts like. Likewise, students say that she will support her fellow teammates tooth and nail to ensure everyone is rightfully served and taken care of. "Mrs. Carver is a diligent and persistent woman who cares greatly for those around her. She leads by example and most definitely embodies the characteristics of a selfless leader. Mrs. Teresa Carver is an all-around superlative. Servant leadership is one of the most amazing styles of leadership and Mrs. Carver continues to add validity to this statement every year," Caleb Moore, a student at Thomas County Central, says. On behalf of GASC, we would like to thank Mrs. Teresa Carver for her hard work and dedication.

Advisor of the Month Nominations

Do you want your advisor to be recognized for going above and beyond? If yes, click on the button below and fill out the form!

In order to be considered for the December edition of the Gazette, please complete the form by December 25th.

Advisor of the Month Nomination Form

Fill out the form to nominate your advisor for the December edition of the Gazette!

National Conference for Student Activities

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Leadership - Lives - Here

On behalf of GASC, we would like to wish Teachers and Advisors alike safe travels to Atlanta this weekend, Georgia for the 2018 National Conference for Student Activities. We hope all of you take this once in a lifetime opportunity to grow and develop your already superb leadership and teaching skills!

Save the Dates!

As a part of your GASC membership, you have access to these incredible leadership development events!


November 30-December 2: National Conference on Student Activities in Atlanta, GA (which is going on RIGHT NOW!)


February 22-24: GASC 2019 at Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, GA

June 24-26: NatStuco Conference 2019 in Pittsburgh, PA

July 17-20: BLAST! 2019 at Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, GA

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