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Doland High School students attend State Student Council Conven

Posted: Friday, Apr 12th, 2013

The students from Doland High School that attended the SDSCA State Convention included the following: Left to right in the picture Bridget Lovelace, Dalton Tschetter, Kaylynn Noethlich, Lain Logan, Megan Stahl, Faith Houghtaling, and Allison Tschetter. COURTESY PHOTO

Doland High School attended the 26th Annual State Convention of the South Dakota Student Council Association (SDSCA) which was held in Pierre, SD on March 24-26, 2013. The SDSCA Convention included 745 students and advisors from 60 high schools across the state. "It is so exciting to see this event grow bigger and bigger every year", said Gary Linn, SDSCA Executive Director. "To know that student leaders are excited about becoming stronger leaders in their schools, communities and in their adult lives. This is a very rewarding feeling for us that work with these students on a daily basis. It is a great way for students, advisors and councils to network with each other and learn what other schools are doing.

The South Dakota Student Council Association, which is co-sponsored by the South Dakota High School Activities Association and the South Dakota Secondary School Principals Association, offers an opportunity for student council members to exercise and enhance their leadership skills. Focusing on the theme "Tune into Leadership", the SDSCA Convention utilized a combination of breakout sessions and large group instructional presentations by two guest speakers, which focused on different aspects of leadership.

The convention also featured a state-wide community service project. This project made 86 fleece blankets that will be dispersed among communities throughout the state. The goal is these blankets will be given to women/children shelters, hospitals, and nursing homes to aid those who need some help.

The Convention activities included the annual business meeting of the SDSCA and the election of the Association's 2013-2014 state officers, as well as the election of the officers for each of the Association's seven regions.

Elected to 2013-2014 SDSCA office(s) from Doland High School is: Megan Stahl / Northern Lakes Region Reporter

Perhaps the most inspirational moment during the State Convention occurred as part of the Closing General Session when the student councils presented their checks for money raised as part of the SDSCA Statewide Spring "Children's Miracle Network" project. By tradition the SDSCA spring fundraising project is focused on the theme of "Kids Helping Other Kids". Student Councils giving money to a project such as Children's Miracle Network, epitomizes the "Kids Helping Other Kids" philosophy. The Doland Student Council contributed the majority of the money raised from the dodge ball tournament held on March 21, 2013. Overall, the student councils rose over $21,000 for the CMN.

For the complete article see the 04-03-2013 issue.

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