Greetings Region VI,
I hope everyone is in good health and you’ve had a memorable holiday season as well as New Year’s Day. In aberration of the previous article published, allow me to welcome our seven new regional affiliates: Bangor, Alma Center Lincoln, Cuba City, Mauston, Sauk Prairie, and La Crosse Logan High Schools as well as River Valley Middle School. Since the Fall Summit, Region VI has the honor of the highest membership growth among all Regions within the WASC.
I implore everyone to disseminate the array of opportunities membership within the Wisconsin Association of School Councils provides to any prospective school. A comprehensive enumeration of leadership opportunities, professional development, legal services, recognitions, networking as well as communication features for all grade levels can be found at the following link: <http://wasc.org/membership/>.
State Conferences are quickly approaching for both JAM and SHS levels. The two-day weekend event entails an extensive competitions program, networking, sectionals, a banquet, presentation of awards, advisor meetings as well as regional meetings. The latter of which is also where regional officer elections occur. Elections necessitate a prepared speech followed by questions from regional delegations. Application deadlines for all levels are on Saturday, April 15 at 11:59PM; I have attached a link for your convenience. SHS Regional Officer Application: <http://wasc.org/download/regional-officer-application-2017/> Furthermore, the competition materials for best project, banner, button, scrapbook, multi-media, speech, writing, standards of excellence as well as skit are now available for the State Conference. For schools interested in aiding fiscally to the perpetuation of first-rate keynote speakers at our State Conferences, I’ve attached a donation link: <https://wascleader.wufoo.com/forms/mvs1hye0ke7t2z/>.
Although each Region and the WASC as a whole seek to honor student council members who have displayed exceptional leadership characteristics, Region VI offers a unique leadership award, ranging from plaques to medallions, presented at the Spring Business Meeting at the State Conference. Here is the application form link: <https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-gNoOpySSKwSjNOdE9fUEZlS3NQZ3hMVWhSVVpncGx2QnFF/view?usp=sharing>. The deadline for all materials is Friday, March 10. All inquiries can be resolved through the State Office email: <Stateoffice@wasc.org>
Speaking of leadership opportunities, one of the more prominent events in the WASC is the annual Leadership Camp held in Ripon, Wisconsin. Utilizing a time-tested yet innovative curriculum, the camp offers six tiers of pertinent and practical leadership development experiences. Having attended the camp, I can affirm its merits as an investment to both an individual and their communities. Recent developments in this area include “Project Delta” Camp which strives to ensure school, college, and community success in a similar manner as Leadership Camp, but on a three-day compressed schedule. Project Delta will be hosted at Edgewood College in Madison. If interested, visit the following link: <http://wasc.org/leadership-camp/>.
I wish everyone the best in the months to come.
Yevheniy O. Mizin
Richland Center High School