By Carrie Knight
Student Council members have been working diligently to host the 2017 Pennsylvania Association of Student Councils State Conference on Nov. 2, 3, and 4. This conference is designed to build students leadership skills.
Students from all over the state will be gathering together to achieve one goal, become a better leader. Due to the number of students coming to Red Lion, the normal school day will not be in session. Red Lion students will have a half day Thursday, Nov. 2 and a full day off on Friday, Nov. 3.
“Delegates will attend general sessions to hear from renowned guest speakers, and smaller workshops presented by students,” said the registration chair, Chance Riddle. “They will leave the school to visit Maize Quest on the first night and attend a banquet on the last night.”
Every state conference has a theme, and this year’s theme is “Every Problem has a Solution.” Everything that goes into this conference from the decorations to how each day is planned out is centered around problem solving, mathematics, and science.
Each day of the conference covers a different aspect of the theme. Day one is “Becoming Greater Than Your Fears.” Day two is “Turning the Negative into Positives.” Day three is “Be Inspired.”
To plan this event, Student Council has broken down into 14 committees to successfully plan and run the event. As the conference is nearing, student council is putting countless hours into making this event memorable for the attendees.
The students are busy making decorations, working on the registration process, deciding on the workshop presenters, and overall just making sure the students attending Red Lion will have a memorable time.
Red Lion started the process of holding the conference by presenting to the school board. After student council was given approval by the school board they had to present to the PASC board in order to get the bid.
After winning the bid Student Council immediately ran with ideas to make this conference the best that it could be. The organization is finally at the point where they can put all of their plans into action.
The students did plenty of fundraising and planning. The students were able to lay fundraising to rest when they recently received a grant from the state.
“Not only is the goal of the State Conference to help delegates become better leaders, but we also hope to shape the delegates into the next leaders of Pennsylvania,” said the PASC State President, Gianna Dovell. “Even more so, we want to help shape the next leaders of America.”