GASC Gazette

February Edition

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The Georgia Association of Student Councils is saddened by the loss of one our own members. Our continued prayer, support, and love goes to Berkmar High School, its students, staff, and our own student council members.

Pillar 1: Leadership Development

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GASC Convention 2019 Recap

The 2019 GASC Convention was a huge success! Thank you to all student leaders, advisors, and administrators for spending the weekend learning how Leadership Never Goes Out of Style.


We hope you use what you learned back in your own council. Take these new ideas, new connections, and new experiences to better your school, your community, and our world.


We cannot wait to see you next year for the 2020 GASC Convention where you will Explore Your Inner Leader!

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Keynote Speakers

Throughout the three days, delegates heard from three renowned keynote speakers: Alison Springer, Judson Laipply, and Kate Garnes. These speakers shared their incredibly personal experiences with our delegation, successfully motivating our leaders to make their voices heard.

Alison Springer

We receive that!

Alison Springer is the founder of Greater Than Communications and the Young Women of Power Conference. With 20 years of working with youth from inner-city street kids to church youth groups, she has discovered that Confidence is the key to Inspiring Teen Greatness. With her outgoing and lively interactions, Alison built the confidence of our delegates. She reminded us to love ourselves.

Judson Laipply

The meaning to life is to grow and evolve.

Judson is an award-winning speaker and performer who utilizes a phenomenon labeled "Inspirational Comedy" to blend the realities of life with side-splitting humor. He was also the star of the first-ever viral Youtube video where he shared his "Evolution of Dance" routine with the world. We were fortunate to hear from Judson's wise humor and learn a few dance moves as well!

Kate Garnes

You are a gladiator.

Kate is a speaker, choreographer, kickboxing trainer, Youtuber, and all around normal girl trying to leave this world a tiny bit brighter than when she came into it. At our Convention, she did just that. Kate's personal experiences helped her connect heart-to-heart with our delegates. She empowered us to fight our personal battles with every ounce of strength we had, reminding us to always be a gladiator.

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Workshops

Saturday, after the Second General Session, delegates dispersed to every corner of Rock Eagle to find their workshops. Each workshop covered a different topic- from bullying to school spirit to the qualities of a leader. But they all had one thing in common: each workshop was designed to enhance our skills as leaders.


GASC Convention 2019 had a total of 22 workshops with 41 workshop presenters. These presenters included keynote speakers, GASC alumni, and student attendees.
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Family Time

Over the course of the weekend, delegates met with their families, who they quickly connected with. From tie-dye to blazers to scrunchies, each family wore the name of a specific fashion trend. A family's members did not attend the same school, helping to build entirely new relations among delegates. In total, there were 31 families. Delegates look back at family time as one of their absolute favorite parts of Convention.
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Hall of Ideas

Our new hall of ideas was a huge success! From 4 to 4:45 PM on Friday, delegates gathered in Sutton Hall to learn from councils across the state. Council members presented their school's unique projects to advisors and other student delegates. Questions were asked and ideas were shared. The room was filled with chatter as these leaders tried to find more ways to impact their schools and communities.
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Candlelight Ceremony

Assistant Executive Director, Corey Stillwell, opened the Candlelight Ceremony, encouraging us to reflect on what we learned at Convention and why we choose to be leaders.


The incredibly talented Adriel Carrion, Lambert High School, led the delegation through the reflection with his angelic voice.

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Convention could not have been as successful without the tireless efforts of the students and faculty at Lambert High School!


Special shoutout to:


Presidents: Kara Holmberg and Henry Xuan

Convention Chairs: Tanner Booth and Rai Mukherjee

Middle School Advisor Liaison and Advisor: Shari Endo

Advisors: Chelsey Bucherati and Travis Church

Administrator: Tom Bass


Thank you for your continued dedication and support of our organization!

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BLAST! 2019

Wednesday, July 17th, 2pm to Saturday, July 20th, 12pm

350 Rock Eagle Road

Eatonton, GA

GASC is the proud host of the annual BLAST! Summer Camp at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center. BLAST stands for Bringing Leaders And Students Together and each year, the camp does just that. Student leaders from around the state gather for three days to build relations and mature as leaders. Each camper leaves BLAST as a new and improved leader, ready to take what they learned back to their communities to make a difference.


Our brand-new BLAST! website has everything you need to know about this incredible camp and more!


We will be using a new and improved registration system which has not yet been opened.


If you would like to attend BLAST! 2019, please fill out the Interest Form which can be found on the BLAST! website under the Registration tab.


To look back on last year's BLAST! camp, watch our recap video below!


After you have watched the video, be sure to check out the BLAST! website by clicking the button.

BLAST! 2018 Recap

BLAST! Summer Camp Website

Check out our new BLAST! website for more information!

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NatStuco Conference 2019

Monday, June 24th, 7:45am to Wednesday, June 26th, 12pm

3640 Old Oakdale Road

McDonald, PA

The 2019 National Student Council Conference will be hosted by South Fayette High School in McDonald, PA, June 24–26 where middle level and high school student leaders and advisors from across the country will convene for this motivational three-day event.


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.


Throughout the three days, delegates will hear from renowned speakers, participate in lively seminars, engage in collaborative activities, and build relations with leaders from all corners of the US.


Registration is LIVE!


To register, please email Mrs. Droms. This will allow all Georgia delegates to register together.


gascexecutivedirector@gmail.com


The total cost will be $1500.This will include registration, airfare, hotel, and pre-trip experiences. Payments of $500 are due March 15th, April 15th, and May 15th.

NASC 2018 Recap

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The 2018 GASC Leadership Summit was certainly one for the books. Check out our Summit recap video below!

Pillar 2: Service

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Bert's Big Adventure

This year, GASC challenged all of its members to raise money for our state service project, Bert's Big Adventure. We are so proud to announce that the Georgia Association of Student Councils was able to raise $10,000 for the cause!


Thank you to all the councils who contributed to our state service project! You are bringing light into the lives of wonderful families all over the United States!


We encourage you to begin fundraising for Bert's Big Adventure for the 2019-2020 school year as soon as possible. These children with chronic and terminal illnesses need your help. Next year, we want to raise even more for this incredible, life-changing organization.

Bert's Big Adventure

For more information about Bert's Big Adventure, visit their website!

Pillar 3: Membership

2019 GASC Stats

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Awards

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Congratulations to the following schools who were awarded for their hard work and dedication to service during the 2019 Georgia Association of Student Councils State Convention!


Outstanding School Service Project:

For Middle School second place, Martha Puckett Middle School

For Middle School first place, Freedom Park Middle School

For High School second place, Meadowcreek High School

For High School first place, Wayne County High School


Outstanding Student Recognition Project:

For High School second place, North Gwinnett High School

For High School first place, GSMST


Outstanding School Spirit and Pride Project:

For Middle School second place, Pierce County Middle School

For Middle School first place, Freedom Park Middle School

For High School second place, Houston County High School

For High School first place, Lambert High School


Outstanding Community Service Project-Outreach:

For Middle School second place, Martha Puckett Middle School

For Middle School first place, North Gwinnett Middle School

For High School second place, Grayson High School

For High School first place, Dacula High School


Outstanding Faculty/Staff Recognition and Relations Project:

For Middle School second place, Martha Puckett Middle School

For Middle School first place, Pierce County Middle School

For High School second place, Rockdale Magnet School

For High School first place, Brookwood High School


Outstanding Leadership Project:

For Middle School first place, Freedom Park School

For High School second place, Wayne County High School

For High School first place, Grayson High School


Outstanding Recruitment and Advertising:

For High School first place, Wayne County High School


Outstanding Website:

For High School second place, Alpharetta High School

For High School first place, GSMST


Outstanding Community Service Project - Fundraising:

For Middle School second place, Freedom Park Middle School

For Middle School first place, North Gwinnett Middle School

For High School second place, Wayne County High School

For High School first place, Brookwood High School


Outstanding Student Relations Project:

For Middle School second place, Bainbridge Middle School

For Middle School first place, Martha Puckett Middle School

For High School second place, Alpharetta High School

For High School first place, Duluth High School


Outstanding Fundraising Project:

For Middle School second place, Pierce County Middle School

For Middle School first place, Freedom Park Middle School

For High School second place, Wayne County High School

For High School first place, Houston County High School


Outstanding Citizenship/Patriotism Project:

For High School second place, GSMST

For High School first place, Alpharetta High School

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Member of the Year

The GASC Member of the Year is an award given to a Middle and High School GASC Member who has shown commitment, dedication, and love for GASC, service, and leadership. On behalf of the Georgia Association of Student Councils, we would like to congratulate Kylie Adams from Dacula High School and Kacy Woodring from North Gwinnett Middle School for their continued commitment, love, and passion for GASC, its members, and the community it fosters.
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Advisor of the Year

The GASC Advisor of the Year is an award given to a Middle and High School GASC Advisor who has shown his/her commitment to his/her student council, school, and GASC. On behalf of the Georgia Association of Student Councils, we would like to congratulate Mr. Taylor Dodd from North Gwinnett Middle School and Mr. Dan Kamikowski from H.V. Jenkins High School for their continued commitment, love, and passion for GASC, its members, and the community it fosters.
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Administrator of the Year

The Administrator of the Year Award goes to an administrator who supports and promotes student council in his or her school. In describing this year’s recipient a student said, “When I think of him, I think energetic, passionate, and dedicated. He shows his enthusiasm by being present and participating in all of the activities planned by the StuCo.” This year’s winner is Mr. Corey Williams from Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology.

GASC Council of Excellence

The GASC Council of Excellence award is a state-level recognition for student councils that maintain strong year-round programs. This award provides broader recognition for the most worthy efforts by GASC member schools. On behalf of GASC, we would like to congratulate the following schools who have met this status:
  • Episcopal Day School
  • Grayson High School
  • The Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
  • HV Jenkins High School
  • Meadowcreek High School
  • Wayne County High School
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Scholarship Winners

Congratulation to the following seniors who have completed the Scholarship Application and have won a GASC Scholarship that will help to further their education:
  • $1000 winner: Jazmin Garcia, Grayson High School
  • $500 winner: Kara Holmberg, Lambert High School

2019-2020 Membership

Advisors, keep an eye out for emails from your newly-elected Vice President school, Dacula High School, with information about becoming a GASC member for the 2019-2020 school year!


As we look back on the incredibly successful 2018-2019 GASC year, we hope you will encourage the student councils around in your county to join our organization.


With any questions regarding membership, please email gascvicepresident@gmail.com.

Pillar 4: Connections

Humans of GASC

Meet your GASC Executive Board Members!
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Kendall McCarthy

Position: Parliamentarian

School: North Gwinnett High School

Grade: 11th

Mentor(s): "My favorite mentor is my StuCo advisor Dr. Colette Grodzicki. She is always there for me- when I need advice or when I'm stressed out, I just pop in her room. She is very realistic and down to earth, which is something I'm not good with, so I really admire that and try to learn from her. Not to mention, she has THE cutest family!" Kendall says.


Kendall McCarthy is a junior at North Gwinnett High School in Suwanne, Georgia. She currently serves as one of this year's Parliamentarians. Kendall has been a North Gwinnett student council officer every year since the sixth grade. She loves musical theater, and this fall she had the chance to assistant direct and choreograph "Annie". She is also a French Club officer, and leads a middle school small group at her church. Kendall says her favorite GASC memory was being a junior counselor at her fourth year of BLAST! this past summer! "I loved helping my family to grow and bond (go Blue Macaws!). People from my school always ask me how I know everyone at GASC, and it's honestly because of BLAST. Truly the experience of a lifetime!" Kendall says.

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Thomas Crabb

Position: Journal School

School: Dacula High School

Grade: 12th

Favorite Quote(s): “It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” - Theodore Roosevelt


Thomas Crabb is a senior at Dacula High School in Dacula, Georgia. He currently serves as one of this year's journal school representatives. At Dacula, Thomas an avid athlete. He has qualifed for state in both in golf and swimming. He says his favorite GASC memory is trying to make a chain on the rock eagle water-slide during the summer meeting.

Pillar 5: Democratic Principles

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The Quenzer Loving Cup awarded to Mrs. Shari Endo

The Quenzer Loving Cup, named after our own Shirley Quenzer, is given to recognize a school or individual who has shown extra care to The Georgia Association of Student Councils. This year, the Shirley Quenzer Cup was awarded to our former Middle School Advisor Liaison Mrs. Shari Endo. On behalf of GASC and its members, we would like to thank Mrs. Shari Endo for her dedication, love, and passion for service and leadership.
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2019-2020 Georgia Association of Student Councils Executive Board

Through hard work, tedious campaigning, and love for GASC, these new schools have been elected your 2019-2020 GASC Executive Board. Congratulations to the following schools that will be serving you next year:


President School: Houston County High School

Vice President School: Dacula High School

Secretary School: North Gwinnett High School

Communications School: The Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology

Parliamentarian School: Meadowcreek High School

Middle School Member-at-Large: North Gwinnett Middle School

District Representatives

Thank you to our 2018-2019 District Representatives for your dedication to our organization. You have made this year one to remember!


District 1: Sophia Abedi and Natasha Havanur, Alpharetta High School
District 2: Jonas Baker and Sandra Perez, The Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology

District 3: Gabby Leonard and Carter Ward, Episcopal Day School

District 4: Griffin Boykin and Chloe Johnson, Wayne County High School
District 5: Maddie Key and Alyssa Lee, Houston County High School


In accordance with our new district structure, three schools were elected to serve as your 2019-2020 GASC District Representatives:


District 1 (North): Discovery High School

District 2 (Central): Thomson Middle School

District 3 (South): Wayne County High School


Congratulations! We cannot wait to see how you grow our organization!

Pillar 6: Advisor Development

Advisor of the Month

Highlighting GASC's outstanding advisors and teachers!
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Stacy McLean and Jennifer McDaniel

For this month's edition of the Advisor of the Month initiative, we are highlighting our own two great advisors! Mrs. Stacy McLean and Mrs. Jennifer McDaniel are co-advisors from Houston County High School. Mrs. Stacy McLean is a physical science and physics teacher who has been teaching for 19 years. She has taught a variety of science courses including chemistry, physics, and biology. Mrs. Jennifer McDaniel is a world history teacher who has been teaching for 11 years. She serves as the Houston County High School Social Studies Department Chair and the co-sponsor of National Honor Society, Student Council, History Club, and 10th Grade class officers. These two amazing advisors have been the catalyst for Houston County High School's success through their student council. As a student council, our organization has sparked massive change in our school, community, and state through various fundraisers and service opportunities. Due in part to our sponsors' leadership and guidance, we became more involved with GASC, its people, and the community it fosters. Their drive for success through passionate leadership, was an encouragement in which led us to run for State Secretary School and network with student leaders from across the state. On behalf of GASC, we would like to thank Mrs. Stacy McLean and Jennifer McDaniel for their hard work and dedication.

GASC Save the Dates

March 15: Initial Deposit of $500 for NatStuco Conference is due to Mrs. Droms

April 15: Second Deposit of $500 for NatStuco Conference due

May 10: BLAST! Summer Camp 2019 Registration Closes

May 15: Final Deposit of $500 for NatStuco Conference due

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

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

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From our family to yours, a sincere thank you.

Thank you for being a part of our GASC journey this past year. We hope you have made some unforgettable memories and lifelong friends through our organization, just as it has made an insurmountable impact on us. Most importantly, we hope that your passion for leadership and dedication to service will continue to ring throughout your community, this state, and our nation. It has been an honor serving you.


Jeremiah de Sesto and Virali Patel

Houston County High School

Your 2018-2019 GASC Secretaries

Brought to You by Your (Former) Secretary School: Houston County High School!

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