GASC Gazette

October 2018

Pillar 1: Leadership Development

SASC Conference 2018

From October 19th through the 21st, delegates from Lambert High School, Houston County High School, Wayne County High School, Mountain View High School, and Rockdale Magnet School all attended the Southern Association of Student Councils Annual Conference in Summerville, South Carolina. Students enjoyed a weekend of networking and improving attributes in helping with their careers as student leaders!
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Our Georgia Delegates were excited to network amongst each other along with delegates from all over the Southeastern United States!

Here are what some of the students had to say about their experience at SASC:

"My first SASC was a blast, everyone there is so amazing. It’s great to see so many other students like myself striving for the same goals that I have and achieving them" - Zach Card (MVHS)

“It was an overall great experience. SASC has an amazing atmosphere and taught me numerous facts and models of what it means to be a leader and how to become a better leader in society" - Jacob Keenan (LHS)

"I learned the importance of connections and communication. I had the opportunity to be involved in a great conference where I learned the names of people that I will remember for a lifetime. I learned how to create friendships that I can use both later in life and in my pursuit of leadership" - Griffin Boykin (WCHS)

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Jeremiah de Sesto (Houston County High School) and Christian Holmberg (Lambert High School) received high remarks for their workshop focused on advocating for the importance of networking and the improvement of the skill. Congratulations!
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After the program, our delegates enjoyed dancing on the SASC Dance Floor and traveling to Charleston, South Carolina to visit the South Carolina Aquarium!

A Look Back at our District Rallies

The District 1 Rally will be held November 3, 2018 at Alpharetta High School. Good luck to representatives Natasha Havanur and Sophia Abedi on a successfully rally! We hope to see you there!

The District 2 Rally was held last weekend on October 27 at the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology. Delegates heard from keynote speaker, Brad Scarberry, and created goodie bags for the Bert's Big Adventure Fairy Godparents. Leaders all across District 2 joined at GSMST for a day of "Learn. Lead. Lego." Thank you to District 2 Representatives, Sandra Perez and Jonas Baker for an incredible District Rally!

The District 3 Rally and District 4 Rally have been postponed due to Hurricane Michael. GASC sends its love and support to these communities devastated by the storm.

The District 5 Rally was held last weekend on October 27 at Houston County High School. Attendees were able "Explore their Inner Leader" by hearing from keynote speaker, Shaw Blackmon (a Representative in the Georgia House of Representatives), participating in team building games, and attending workshops. Delegates also contributed to our State Service Project by putting together coloring/autograph books for Bert's Kids' trip to Disney and goodie bags for the Fairy Godparents. Thank you to District 5 Representatives Maddie Key and Alyssa Lee for hosting a successful District Rally!

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Leadership Summit 2018

The 2018 Georgia Association of Student Councils Leadership Summit will be held at the Georgia State Capitol this Monday, November 5th. The day will be filled with workshops focusing on leadership development, a message from our Keynote Speaker A'ric Jackson, and our State Service Project- Bert's Big Adventure. We hope to see you there!
GASC Leadership Summit

For more information on Summit 2018 and a look back at last year's Summit, click on the button!

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Meet Summit Keynote Speaker: A'ric Jackson

A'ric Jackson, from Generation Leadership, will be this year's keynote speaker at the GASC Leadership Summit! His mission is to Teach, Inspire, and Encourage all those who hear him, and to take the challenge of helping others pursue their goals and dreams. A'ric is a charismatic and genuinely heartfelt communicator that truly electrifies an audience! In being involved in our BLAST Summer Camp as the Leadership Facilitator for many years, Mr. Jackson is a well-loved member of the Georgia Association of Student Councils. We hope to see you this Monday, at the Georgia State Capitol, as Mr. Jackson teaches us what it means to be leader!
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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 NASC Conference!

BLAST Summer Camp 2019

Every July, GASC hosts the annual BLAST Summer Camp at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, GA. Leaders from councils all over Georgia 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. Keep an eye out for more information on how to sign up for this truly life-changing event!

For more information on BLAST Summer Camp, a look back on previous Camps, and a few words from past Campers, click on the links below!

Pillar 2: Service

State Service Project- Bert's Big Adventure

This year, we have partnered with Bert's Show to make Bert's Big Adventure our State Service Project. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, this nonprofit organization provides a magical, all-expenses-paid, five-day journey to Walt Disney World for children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families.

Following the trip, Bert's Big Adventure also provides year-round support through other initiatives such as the Fairy Godparent Program and Reunion Adventure Program:

  • 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. For more information about the Fairy Godparent Program, watch the first video below.
  • 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.

For a better understanding of what this organization does for its families, watch the second video for a look-back on this year's Bert's Big Adventure Walt Disney Trip.
Bert's Big Adventure

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

This year, we encourage our member schools to raise money for this incredible organization. The high schools and middle schools with the most money raised and the most creative fundraiser will receive an award at Convention.
GASC State Service Project

For more information on our state service project and its 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 Nominations

To nominate your council for a service project, click on the button!

Pillar 3: Membership

Benefits of Membership

This the 2018-2019 GASC Membership Drive has ended, so congratulations on joining our remarkable organization!

You may ask, what does a GASC membership mean for you?

  • Developing your leadership skills at our numerous events
  • Meeting influential leaders from all across the state and nation through our guest and motivational speakers (like Governor Nathan Deal!)
  • Traveling all across the United States to attend events hosted by SASC and NASC
  • Discounted registration fees for our events
  • Forming connections with student and advisor leaders from our diverse member schools
  • Exclusive access to our monthly newsletter to keep up-to-date on the latest news
  • Multiple initiatives that highlight what councils across the state are doing- which bring fresh, new ideas for your council every month
  • Becoming a part of a community that has been around for 77 years

Pillar 4: Connections

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Humans of GASC

Meet your GASC Executive Board Members!
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Khushi Mehta

Position: Parliamentarian

School: North Gwinnett High School

Grade: 11th

Favorite Quote(s): “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

Khushi Mehta is Junior at North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee, Georgia. She currently serves as one of this year's Parliamentarians. Throughout her student career, Khushi's most notable accomplishments include being elected as GASC Parliamentarian, captaining the North Gwinnett Mock Trial team, being selected to perform at Carnegie Hall with a school orchestra group. Khushi says her favorite GASC Memory was attending the BLAST! Summer Camp this year. The camp was such a powerful journey of self-development, but for me, the most memorable aspect was the support I received from the other campers," Khushi says. "Throughout the weekend, we were all required to confront and share our insecurities, and the encouragement we received from the people around us was overwhelming and representative of how supportive GASC is as an organization. Not to mention, the friendships I formed this past summer are still a significant part of my everyday life," Khushi quotes.

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Virali Patel

Position: Secretary

School: Houston County High School High School

Grade: 12th

Favorite Quote(s):

"It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be." -Albus Dumbledore

Virali Patel is Senior at Houston County High School in Warner Robins, Georgia. She currently serves on the Executive Board as a representative of the Secretary School. Throughout her student career, Virali's most notable accomplishments include being elected as the Senior Class Vice President, National Honor Society President, and serving as Woodwind Captain in her school's marching band. Virali says her favorite GASC memory was attending the BLAST! Summer Camp this past July. "The best part was learning more about myself as a leader. It was a truly amazing three-days of self-discovery. I can easily say I left BLAST as a new and improved person. My BLAST family still has a huge part of my heart," Virali said.

Pillar 5: Democratic Principles


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Midterm Elections: How you can be a part of history!

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On November 6th, 2018, the United States will be holding Midterm Elections. The November elections will see 35 of the 100 seats in the US Senate up for grabs. US voters will also choose all 435 members of the US House of Representatives, the lower chamber of Congress. Play a role in choosing our leaders and changing our laws by voting!

Here are some tips for our members who are 18 years old or older and are eligible to vote!

  • Learn about the candidates and issues before you vote in any election.
  • Know what’s going on in your country and community.
  • Write letters to public officials about issues that are important to you.
  • Remind everyone 18 and older to vote.
  • Respect your right to vote! It’s a privilege that many people in the world don’t have.

Pillar 6: Advisor Development

National Conference for Student Activities

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The Georgia Association of Students Councils is proud to invite ALL of our wonderful Teachers and Advisors to the The National Conference on Student Activities (NCSA) in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference is designed to provide program strands that encourage participation of a wide variety of activity advisors, school administrators, leadership educators, motivational speakers, and consultants.

This is such an amazing opportunity to attend the national conference as it is dedicated to people just like us right in our backyard of Atlanta! We are expecting people from all over the United States and phenomenal keynote speakers.

You can register today! Registration can be found by clicking the button below. This is the FIRST TIME in the history of this conference that it has been in Georgia, so please take advantage of this amazing opportunity with not only advisors in student council, but teachers and other advisors of organizations around your school!

National Conference on Student Activities

Click here for more information about this exciting opportunity!

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The host conference planning team of past and present GASC advisors is seeking new t-shirt donations of various sizes to distribute to conference attendees. Wouldn't it be awesome to send your school brand across the states? Drop off your donation at the marked table at your district rally and your council will receive a Certificate of Appreciation and recognition in the

Advisor of the Month

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This month's GASC Advisor of the month is Ms. Air Elliott from Wayne County High School.

Ms. Elliott as been an English Teacher in Jesup, Georgia since 2005. Since becoming a teacher, she has been heavily involved in the process of developing Wayne County Highschool’s clubs, culture, and students. She has done this by being the Student Council advisor from 2008-present; director of SADD Club, 2008-2016; Key Club, 2014-2016; and The Boys and Girls Club of the Altamaha Area Board Member. Some of her awards and accolades include serving as GASC President School, GASC Vice President School, and receiving the, Most Outstanding Citizenship and Patriotism Project Award, Most Outstanding Faculty and Staff Recognition, and the GASC Council of Excellence Award. "Miss Elliot has faithfully served this community with a pure servant’s heart and her daily commitment to excellence has set a perfect example of a devoted leader and servant of the community, and perpetually ensures the success of all students to the best of her abilities," Ki Riddle says. GASC would like to thanks Ms. Air Elliott 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 November edition of the Gazette, please complete the form by November 25th.

Advisor of the Month Nomination Form

Click to nominate your advisor for the November edition of the Gazette!

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Check out this Month's Advisor Advocate!

Save the Dates!

As a GASC Member, you can take part in these incredible leadership development events!


November 3: District 1 Rally at Alpharetta High School

November 5: Leadership Summit at the Georgia State Capitol

November 30-December 2: National Conference on Student Activities in Atlanta, GA


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

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

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