The St. Clair High School Student Council returned from the Missouri Association of Student Council State Convention with a lot of hardware.
St. Clair High School StuCo was recognized for the following:
Principal Dr. Jennifer Davis was awarded South Central District High School Administrator of the Year;
Roberta Byers was awarded South Central District High School Adviser of the Year;
St. Clair High was awarded Special Olympics Gold Level School of Character and Gold Level Honor Council;
Senior student body president Rachel Licklider was awarded the Distinguished Leader of the Year.
Licklider was recognized as one of nearly 100 Distinguished Student Leaders across the state.
The Missouri Association School Council was founded in 1948 and has become Missouri’s premier organization in creating and developing first-rate student leaders and advisers among its 215 member schools.
MASC’s mission is to provide programs and resources that develop positive student leaders and advisers who will promote a quality school and community environment. MASC works to instill its core values into schools and their members: Inspire Greatness. Serve Others. Be More. Lead. MASC is sponsored by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals and is affiliated with the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
MASC annually holds a state convention, hosted by the elected state president school, which brings together more than 1,000 student leaders from schools throughout Missouri for a three-day convention.
This year’s convention was held at Lebanon High School, March 8-10. The theme was “Leadership on Tour.”
Nationally known speakers who presentated at the convention were Houston Kraft, leadership consultant; Davey Muise, DIY musician; Marquita Thomas, IB coordinator; and Kevin Wanzer, motivational comedian.
The conference also included student-led workshops and breakout sessions, campaigning and election of state officer schools, and scholarships and recognition of honor council recipients.
The honor council gold award is based on an application proving St. Clair High School’s Student Council met the established criteria.
The criteria is established by the Honor Council Committee and the MASC Advisory Board. The purpose of the criteria is to prove that councils have a comprehensive program in promoting student activities and student leadership.
Activities include school service, spirit, community service, student and teacher recognition and leadership training activities.
Student Councils and student leaders make a positive contribution to their schools and help to create a positive educational climate.
St. Clair High School Student Council provides an atmosphere where students and Student Council can play a vital role in school.
MASC recognizes the advisership of Sarah Dierker and Roberta Byers who certainly played a large part in the acquisition of this award.
The Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO) School of Character program was established in 2014. It is for schools who are members of MASC as a way to recognize their level of involvement in the Special Olympics movement through Unified Sports, whole school engagement, and inclusive youth leadership and earn points to achieve gold, silver, or bronze recognition.
Schools have the opportunity to earn a SOMO Play Unified package, MASC camp scholarship, or equipment/uniforms for their SOMO school team. SCHS StuCo was one of nine schools in the state to receive the gold recognition.
SOMO and MASC have had a more than 25-year partnership with the same vision of building inclusive school environments across Missouri.
Together they are educating the leaders of our future to be agents of change, fostering respect and dignity for all through service to others.
To become a MASC Distinguished Student Leader, students must be members of their student councils in MASC member schools and graduating at the time they submit their applications.
The standards for the Distinguished Student Leader program reflect the core purposes and mission of Student Councils.
It has been created to motivate and challenge student leaders to extend their leadership skills and activities and to confer Missouri recognition upon those students who demonstrate superior Student Council leadership skills and knowledge, based on MASC criteria and evaluation procedures.