On Sunday all student council students and advisors arrived at Laurel High School, prepared for the busy and fun filled days ahead.
By Courtney Tudor
The Montana Association of Student Council annual state conference was hosted by Laurel High School on October 20-23, here students were inspired to uncover their inner superhero. Baker High School sent Maleah Graham and Courtney Tudor as representatives. They were chaperoned by Terry Curry and Carole Bettenhausen. On Saturday evening Ms. Curry, Maleah, and Courtney, District 6 President, attended the Executive Board meeting. There, they and the other District leaders discussed goals regarding the future trajectory of MASC.
On Sunday all student council students and advisors arrived at Laurel High School, prepared for the busy and fun filled days ahead. First were the District meetings. Then MASC attendees enjoyed motivational speaker and language guru David Garcia from Laredo, Texas. Following his energetic presentation, students attended various workshops and enjoyed dinner. Maleah and Courtney chose to participate in a community service pumpkin painting project, a dance lesson and a drug canine informational session.
The second ‘real’ day of State Student Council begun bright and early on Monday morning. Students listened to professional speaker Kent Julian from Atlanta, Georgia on how to “Show Up and Shine.” Following this, Maleah and Courtney lead their own workshop on goal setting. In the afternoon was the MASC General Session. This meeting is structured using the rules of parliamentary procedure and gives high schoolers a chance to debate controversial topics. Each topic is presented as a resolution, discussed, then adopted or rejected by school delegates. After the General Session, the delegation was blown away by keynote speaker Craig Beals. Mr. Beals was named 2015 Montana Teacher of the Year and presently teaches high school science classes. Before this he led research expeditions across the globe. He shared a riveting story titled “What Science Taught Me About Life” accompanied by various chemistry experiments. After this, Districts competed in competitions. District 6 did not come in first but put in strong efforts. Following an hour break, students and advisors returned to the school in their evening best. Each year the MASC organizes a banquet and dance; in between the two was the awards ceremony announcing the district and state chosen advisors. Baker’s very own, Ms. Curry was honored as District 6 Advisor of The Year. Once all the applause concluded for all the awards, the students enjoyed loud music and boogying the night away.
The final day began with keynote speaker Bill Coon who spoke about his nonprofit ‘Keep Swimming Foundation’, that helps families pay for expenses resulting from loved ones being in the hospital. Next MASC State President Aiden Reinhart of Bozeman High School lead the recognition ceremony regarding money raised for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Make-A-Wish Foundation is a non-profit that gives children suffering from diseases the chance to choose a wish. One student attending MASC had received a wish, several years ago, after battling cancer. His emotional recollection of his trip to Rome and the hope it gave him, was a compelling testimony for the Make-A-Wish foundation. Baker High School contributed $655.65 raised through the school’s Penny War fundraiser. The total of school contributions and money raised at the convention brought the MASC total to over $9,000. The convention left the students with new goals and tips for unMASCing their true leadership potential, along with new friends, or superheroes, from across the state.