Twelve members of the Sealy High School Student Council traveled to Arlington April 14-16 to attend the Texas Association of Student Councils Annual State Conference. There they joined nearly 5,000 other high school students from around the state to elect state officials, listen to speakers and attend break-out sessions where they listened to presentations on projects and activities they could take back to their council and implement locally.
The 2017-2018 state project was called “Deepen Your Heart, Texas” which took on the tough topics of human trafficking, labor trafficking, organ trafficking, and sex trafficking. Member councils were challenged to support the project through fundraising, raising awareness, and also assisting survivors.
Overall, TASC raised over 5 million dollars in goods, monetary donations and community service hours to the state project as well and many others projects across the state including Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
Individual councils are recognized at the conference for completing activities in four categories: Pride and Patriotism, Drug, Alcohol, Safety and Health Issues (DASH), Community Service and Energy and Environment. This year the SHS council took home awards in Pride and Patriotism, DASH and Community Service. This was also the council’s first year to be recognized as an Outstanding Student Council through TASC.
Those who attended included: Juniors Elisa Alvarez and Kamry Echols, sophomores Maddie Goad, John Owen and Erika Young, and freshmen Austin DeBerry, Morgan Smith, Renae Tomlinson, Rebecca Kins, Carissa Olvera, Michael Maldonado, and Eric Pinteralli attended along with advisers Leslie Pacher and Valeria Goad. The student council is currently serving its second consecutive term as the president school for District 14.