Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Waccamaw High School in Pawleys Island hosted more than 500 student council leaders and advisors from across South Carolina this past weekend.
The 65th Annual S.C. Association of Student Councils state convention was held on school grounds and other locations in the county from March 8 to 10. Accommodations for the event were provided by Litchfield Resort.
This was a first in Waccamaw High School history.
The school also made history by winning the “A-AA Council of the Year” award for the ninth consecutive year.
“Our historians, Kareena Patel and Sarah Hutto did a wonderful job on our scrapbook, which is how we are judged for the Council of the Year distinction,” said Julie Humowitz, Student Council advisor with Braiel Chadwell.
WHS student Allie Jones won the District 2 chair seat and will be planning a district rally at the school for September or October; and Banks Lucas won the District 2 vice chair seat.
SCASC president and WHS student body vice-president Mitchell Saum was in charge of planning the state convention with Humowitz and Chadwell.
He said although the conference took six months and many hours of preparation, the weekend’s events went off just as planned.
After attending several conferences over the last few years, he said this was one of best.
“It was awesome,” Saum said. “You don’t really know how its going to end until it takes place.”
Humowitz said, “I would like to say ‘Job well done’ to Mitchell Saum who served our state and our school over this past year as president with poise, respect, and confidence.
Mitchell has learned a tremendous amount about what it takes to be a leader as well as the challenges that leaders must face...he did a wonderful job and I look forward to see all that I know that he will accomplish in the years to come.”
The conference included a carnival, candidate and officer meetings, district meetings, an ice cream social, shag dancing, motivational speakers, workshops, a scavenger hunt and beach sweep at Huntington Beach State Park, and a banquet and awards ceremony.
Saum said his favorite part was the banquet and dance that followed in the Waccamaw High gymnasium.
“Our gym was totally transformed from what it usually looks like into a ball room,” Saum said. “It was like seeing all of our progress in one moment.”
Humowitz said she would like to extend a big thank you to all of the businesses in the community that gave donations for the event, either funding or donating their time or services.
She also wants to thanks WAVE, students, and staff for all of their donations, time, and patience during the planning and implementation of the convention.
“It was truly a group effort and we could not have done it without everyone's input as well as the support of our administrative team here at WHS and Dr. Dozier and Dr. Pringle, the district staff, and the school board,” Humowitz said.
By Clayton Stairs