Every student in the Academies of Nashville has the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities ranging from band to student government to chess club. Oftentimes, the leadership skills associated with these organizations are enhanced by a student’s pathway or Academy theme. Marisol G., a junior at McGavock High School in the USCCU/ Gaylord Opryland Academy of Hospitality and Finance, talks about her recent trip to the Southern Association of Student Councils Conference.
From October 11th to October 13th two fellow student council members, our head student council sponsor, and I where in Lawrenceville, Georgia. We attended the Southern Association of Student Councils Conference at Mountain View High School. Student Council members from all over the South came to attend this conference. Throughout the conference, we listened to keynote speakers, met new people from the South, learned more about leadership through hands-on activities, and visited a few local attractions. We went to the World of Coke, Center for Civil and Human Rights, and the Georgia Aquarium. We also helped package meals for the Stop Hunger Now Organization and presented a workshop about School Spirit.
I learned and got so much out of this fun experience. Not only did I get several ideas on how to improve our student council, but I also learned more about what leadership really is. The keynote speakers, Mike Smith in particular, really inspired me to have a more positive impact on people. I learned about connecting, leading, and inspiring. Not only did it relate to student council, but it also related to my pathway class. In my pathway class, we have been learning about the four P’s of marketing. Every where I looked, I saw marketing every where. Promotion was the most common P of marketing that I saw.