CLARKSVILLE — When Clinton-Massie High School’s student council submitted its application to host the 2017 Ohio Association of Student Council (OASC) annual conference, the membership was confident in its ability to organize and facilitate the event. To further demonstrate Massie’s commitment and vision in hosting the conference, student council members made a formal presentation before the OASC governing board in February.
After careful consideration, the decision was finally made, and the Massie Student Council received word that its membership had been selected to host the 2017 OASC 64th Annual Conference.
A statewide organization designed to help improve and promote student council programs in Ohio’s secondary schools, the OASC’s annual conference offers students and advisors the opportunity to attend workshops, be inspired by exciting keynote speakers, meet and network with other student leaders from around the state, attend the official Business Meeting and Awards Assembly of the OASC and elect the students and adults who will serve on the Executive Board.
Inspired by the movie “Toy Story,” Massie student council members have selected the theme “You’ve got a friend in OASC” and will incorporate the slogan, “As the years go by, our friendship will never die. You’re gonna see it’s our destiny. You’ve got a friend in OASC!” into the conference program of activities.
The conference — to take place April 27-29, 2017 on the campus of Clinton-Massie High School — will host more than 300 middle and high school student council members from across the state.
When current student council president Mary Baldwin and Vice President Josh Gibson went before the Clinton-Massie Board of Education in September requesting the district’s support in hosting the annual conference, it was evident the Massie student leaders had done the legwork in regards to not only the behind the scenes planning and organizing necessary to bring the two-day conference to fruition, but also the benefits to the Clinton-Massie and surrounding communities.
While the Clinton-Massie School District is set in rural southwest Ohio, hotel lodging and other accommodations for out-of-town attendees are only a short drive away in the neighboring community of Wilmington. Student council members will also work to coordinate host families who will welcome out-of-town students and provide student lodging, thus, making attending the conference more affordable to area students.
Information for this article was provided by Diana Miller, who coordinate communications for several area schools.