GASC Gazette

December 2015

What has happened?

Leadership Summit 2015

  • This year’s Leadership Summit was held on...
    November 2nd, 2015 at the Georgia Capitol Building.
  • Theme? Liberty and Leadership! It's in accordance to the theme of the 2016 GASC Convention.
  • What was the Leadership Summit? Leadership Summit was a day filled with Liberty and Leadership-themed workshops, keynote speakers, and a chance to sit on the floor of the Georgia House of Representatives!
  • About: The 2015 Leadership Summit at the Capitol, Liberty and Leadership, was a HUGE success! With over 396 attendees, Students from around the state were able to connect and share ideas. The engaging speakers, Governor Nathan Deal, Representative Joyce Chandler, and Chairman Brooks Coleman, captivated students with their leadership advice. Delegates were able to experience three general sessions, two life changing workshops, and one unforgettable experience.


Every Student Council in Georgia is well deserving for their efforts to make their schools and communities a better place, and we want you to help us celebrate the most innovative, impactful, and inspiring projects and honor them with the Most Outstanding Project Award. Don't forget attendance at the Convention is not required to win this award. For faster submission, use our new online application for Oustanding Awards.

For our individual members, we want to celebrate our future leaders by honoring those who deserve recognition for their poise and public speaking through our Speech Competition. As our seniors get ready to take the next step in their own journeys to future leadership roles, we want to help our best and brightest with the Senior Scholarship Award. Lastly, we also want to recognize that singular Student Council Member and Advisor who have made the greatest impact on their Student Councils and truly live up to the standards of the GASC Member and Advisor of the Year.

Is your council top notch? Then apply for the Council of Excellence Award and be recognized for your continual efforts to be the best Student Council you can be. This award is available to everyone who has a qualifying Student Council.

We do want to point out a very important date...January 22nd...deadline for awards. We are really hoping to increase the participation of high and middle schools. We know you are all doing wonderful things in your councils, so why not get recognized for them? The process to apply for awards is so simple. Visit the website and click on the link for AWARDS. You will see links to all awards. Open them up, fill them out, and submit. So easy! As always if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.

If you are willing and able to help us judge the awards or have any questions, please email Shari Endo or Dan Kamykowski as soon as possible.

-Ms. Endo & Mr. Kamykowski

Advisor of the Year Corner

I am so thrilled to be kicking off another fun-filled year of GASC! Throughout the year, GASC gives many opportunities for advisors and students to collaborate with others across the state in order strengthen the leadership of each individual person and each council. I hope you will take the opportunity to participate in all that GASC has to offer: GASC Local District Rally, GASC Leadership Summit at the Capitol, GASC Convention, and the GASC Awards Program. As GASC Advisor of the Year, I cannot begin to express the pride and gratitude I have for this organization acknowledging the hard work and effort advisors put in to their councils each year. The fact that my students nominated me only adds to how humbling it has been to be a GASC award recipient. Please consider nominating fellow student council members, advisors, and your council as a whole for the 2016 GASC Awards Program. I look forward to seeing you all at this year’s convention as we seek “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Leadership!”

-McCall Grosso

Advisor Retreat

On September 26th, advisors from all over Georgia met in Savannah, GA for the second annual GASC Advisor’s Workshop. Advisors participated in a variety of workshops and shared best practices. This was an amazing chance for advisors to get together, collaborate, and learn more about being involved in GASC’s annual programming. If you didn’t have the opportunity to attend this year, make plans for next year’s workshop in Athens!

Need some new ideas for your council?

Here is an idea from Ketsia of Grayson High School!

"We have an event called "Hey, You!". We ask students coming into school of they'll answer some questions about GHS, the events that student council does, and about any ideas they may have. In exchange, we give them free breakfast. Our most recent "Hey, You!" was discussion style; the participants were seated in a horseshoe and the council members were at the head posing questions while someone took notes. It is a great way to get the opinion of students that normally don't have a voice in the school and may not be very involved."

An idea from North Gwinnett High school!

"Imagine opening your front door to twenty high school students performing the jolliest Christmas carols for you and your family, and with only one motive: to collect cans for those in need in the community. Approximately sixty students filled the streets of local neighborhoods with the lyrics of winter songs for canned food that would be donated to the North Gwinnett Co-op, which would provide food for the hungry in our community. Once the families listened to the carols, they were delighted to contribute to our goal. In fact, they would go above and beyond to provide us with other foods, and providing monetary donations. During the season of giving, the North Gwinnett Student Council raised over seven hundred canned foods for our community."

Convention 2016 is fast approaching!

In the constant pursuit to expand on the fundamentals of leadership, the Georgia Association of Student Councils will host the 2016 State Convention February 19-21 at Rock Eagle in Eatonton, Georgia. The theme for the convention this year is “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Leadership,” and it is our hope as GASC that each and every one of you, along with your respective councils, takes this amazing opportunity to truly expand on your personal leadership, your community leadership, and even your national leadership. A weekend filled with dynamic speakers, inspiring workshops, and life-long connections, the convention is sure to be an experience you do not want to miss! Registration is officially open on the GASC website: Please take the time to register your school so you, too, can pursue Life, Liberty, and Leadership. We cannot wait to share the experience with you!

Check out the registration information below! Early registration ends on December 18th, so be sure to register today!

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