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Piedmont Student Government Hosts District Conference

On Saturday, November 3rd, Piedmont High School Student Government hosted the North Carolina Association of Student Councils Western District Conference. There were approximately 300 students and advisors at the conference coming from different schools in western North Carolina. The conference was based around leadership and had a theme for the day of “Balancing on the Tightrope of Leadership.”

The delegates started the day listening to Ace from the Ace and TJ show talk about leadership. Ace said “you have to know your strengths and weaknesses to be a good leader.” Then, attendees went to two different workshops led by school staff and students and people from around the community. The workshops ranged from topics such as community service, being a leader in your school, and public speaking. After lunch, the delegates played a quote scavenger hunt game. There were different pieces of quotes scattered around the school, and the different schools in attendance followed their clues and had to put together the quotes. The goal was to build teamwork skills among each school’s council. Lastly, they heard from Lakeview Baptist Church youth pastor Shannon Powell, who spoke about how the people around you shape who you are. Shannon’s advice, “Surround yourself with MVPs.”

The day was a huge success. While at the conference, $700 was raised for two different organizations, Grin Kids and Victory Junction. The students went home with a whole new set of leadership skills that they can use in their school and community. NCASC is shaping the leaders of the future. Western District Chair Matthew Griffin stated, “I was very pleased with how the day went. The conference was a lot of work, but I think the students went home with the mentality needed to make a difference.” Piedmont High School was put under a spotlight and gained recognition among student government chapters in western North Carolina. According to Student Government advisor Amanda Starnes, “"Matthew Griffin did an amazing job of leading his student government peers in planning this large event. Mrs. Harris and I are so proud of all of the hard work all of our students put into this. The middle school and high school delegates from around the state truly saw a great model of the work that student government can do through our students at Piedmont High School."

Written by: Matthew Griffin, Piedmont Student Government Representative
Posted: Nov 08, 2012 by Donna Helms

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