RHS Student Gov. Attends Annual MASC Conference
Jasmin Morse, Veritas Editor-in-Chief and Web Editor
Each year, the RHS Student Government Council selects 15-20 outstanding leaders to attend the annual Massachusetts Association of Student Councils (MASC) conference that takes place at the Hyannis Conference Center for three days in early March.
This year 20 students embarked on this journey with SGC advisors Joanne White and Jill Delaney on March 6-8 where they encountered remarkable keynote speakers, attended beneficial workshops, and collaborated with people all over the state to better their councils. Additionally, free time was taken as a council to bond and grow a better connection to one another, making for a more communicative and understanding council.
Each year, RHS participates in the annual Polar Plunge to support the Special Olympics. Despite the weather being a balmy 26 degrees, five of the RHS MASC-goers dove into the icy Atlantic after RHS donated money to support the cause. Plungers were: Justin Sherlock, Maddie Gear, Jasmin Morse, Francisco Oliveira, and Carolyne Lage.
Later on in the day, RHS participated in the annual MASC Lip Sync competition. Originally the group thought they would be unable to participate because they were put on the wait list due to a delayed sign up. To their surprise, four days before the conference they were notified by MASC officials that a team had dropped out. In turn, this gave them a small window of time to put together a lip sync and routine.
But as usual, with the challenge presented, they decided to take a chance and put in all the time and effort they had to throw together a routine. In the end, they were named second place champs in the competition with a magical Harry Potter themed routine.
On the last day council awards were announced, and RHS won the Top Ten Award that honors a council’s work in a school-specific project. Rockland received the award for their work in making SGC Summer Camp such a success.
Additionally, officials from MASC ask all councils to provide excellence books that mark indicators of the councils’ success and participation in projects in the school and statewide events. When looking through each book they mark down by points if a council meets the criteria and then names them a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Council of Excellence. Rockland’s council was named a Silver Council according to these requirements.
All in all, it was three days filled with fun, leadership, and learning that the students will bring back to better the RHS Student Government Council.