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Student Government Explores the Nature of Leadership

Pictured are Jessica Prince, Sarah Wylie, Abbey Mills, Elizabeth Brewer, Matthew Griffin, and Caitlin Herlihy.

Six students and their advisor, Mrs.Harris attended the 86th North Carolina Association of Student Councils (NCASC) State Convention March 24-26 at Douglas Byrd High School in Fayetteville. Matthew Griffin, Sarah Wylie, Caitlin Herlihy, Elizabeth Brewer, Jessica Prince, and Abbey Mills participated in a variety of activities including workshops to enhance leadership skills, general sessions with motivational speakers, a banquet and awards ceremony to recognize outstanding achievements by school student councils and individuals and even a fun night of roller skating.

The host school used the NCASC 2011-2012 theme “Exploring the Nature of Leadership to structure the events for the weekend. Dr. Roy Alston, one of the general session motivational speakers defined leadership as “the process of modeling personal values while influencing and energizing people to embrace change by providing purpose, vision, direction, and motivation while operating to accomplish the mission and improving the human condition everywhere.” The student delegates received the challenge to go back to their home schools and put that definition into action.

The Association held elections for offices for the next year. Sarah Wylie represented Piedmont in the race for First Vice President and even though she did not win, they will still remain strongly involved in both Piedmont’s council and at the state level. Matthew Griffin won the race for Western District Chair. He will attend board meetings, a retreat and other conferences and conventions to help train the students across the state and conduct the business for NCASC. Piedmont will also have the honor of hosting the Western District Event in the fall under Matthew’s leadership. According to Griffin, "It's great to see that Piedmont is broadening our horizons and I'm excited to see what great opportunities we have coming."

In addition to attending the normal convention activities, one of our students from Piedmont had a special role during the convention. Caitlin Herlihy argued for a change in amendments of the constitution that governs the North Carolina Association of Student Councils. She presented her opinions and argued for the change in amendments regarding secretarial duties in front of the entire convention.

Piedmont was one of twenty-four schools in the state to earn the recognition of Honor Council. After submitting a portfolio of activities since last year’s convention, all of the schools who met the criteria received a certificate of commendation for their work. 

Piedmont Student Government’s next large event will be the annual Care Week from April 30-May 4. The week will conclude with a “Birthday Bash” on May 4 to celebrate and support children in our community who are battling illnesses and cancer. That evening, Sun Valley will host the Union County Relay for Life walk which our Student Government members and school wide students will participate in.

Written by: Annette Harris & Amanda Starnes, Student Government Advisors
Posted: May 15, 2012 by Donna Helms

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