Five delegates from the North Surry Student Council attended the North Carolina Association of Student Councils State Convention, March 17-19, at Leesville Road High School in Raleigh. The program included national, state, and local guest speakers.
The delegates completed a service project for Quota International of the Triangle to make blankets for the Safe Child program. While at the convention, they presented more than 200 blankets for distribution to children who are victims of abuse.
The delegates also participated in leadership sessions interacting with state legislators to learn more about how North Carolina government works and how it affects the citizens of the state. In addition, the students had the opportunity to tour the Museum of Natural Science and the Museum of History.
North Surry Student Council, with Jonathan Dalton serving as their representative, filed as a candidate school for Western District Chairperson. The district covers 35 counties. Jonathan developed a campaign platform, which he presented to the Western District member schools on Friday night. Saturday afternoon he answered questions from the members during the district caucuses. The election was held Sunday morning and North Surry won the position for the 2017-2018 school year. Jonathan will serve as the school’s representative on the association’s executive board.
North Surry will plan and host the Western District Workshop in October. This is North Surry’s sixth executive position in ten years, which includes the office of state president in 2013. The North Surry Student Council will plan a service project for the district that will benefit the local community just as Leesville Road High School did for the Raleigh community.
Also at the state convention, North Surry Student Council Co-Advisor Daron Atkins was elected as the Western District Director and will serve a three-year term. Atkins has served on the group’s executive board five times. He and his wife Kim have been the North Surry Student Council advisors for 17 and 18 years respectively. They have been staff members for numerous events and programs.
The North Surry Student Council participates in all of the executive board activities and multiple local projects throughout the year. Atkins credits the council’s success to being an “open council.”.
That means the council holds traditional elections for the various class and executive offices but any student who wishes to join the council may do so without running for office. Since moving to an open format, the council has grown from 20 members each year to more than 80 per year. Developing future leaders who serve their community, county, state, and country is the mission of the North Surry Student Council.