Nine senior and junior members of the St. Joseph’s Academy Student Council participated in the Louisiana Association of Student Councils (LASC) Convention, held January 19-21 at Sulphur High School.
Convention participants heard from guest speakers and participated in general sessions, which included skits and speeches from those running for state offices.
Senior Anna Reese Couhig is student body president. She said she enjoyed hearing from the speakers and learning important leadership skills. “I love LASC because of the relationships you get to make and the people you get to meet, and we did a lot of that this weekend,” she said. “I learned a lot about different types of leaders and following your calling no matter the situation.”
Junior Victoria Funes is secretary/treasurer of the SJA student body. She said an important takeaway message for her is the importance of leading together rather than alone. “You need all types of people to get something done,” she said. “No one person can do it all on their own. Passionate people can get anything done as long as they set their minds to it. I am excited to take these messages back to the girls who could not attend the convention, and together we can make our council even stronger. At LASC, we got to meet people from schools we had never heard of, and these new relationships contributed to a memorable weekend I will never forget.”
Angelle McCormick is a junior class representative. She said she enjoyed learning new ways to be a leader and how to improve her leadership skills. “I also met people from different schools around the state and took note of the diversity of leadership styles and how we could incorporate that into the SJA community,” she said. “My absolute favorite part was breaking into random groups of fellow leaders from different schools and discussing how to become a better leader.”
Nikki Manuel is a senior class representative. She said she especially enjoyed hearing guest speaker and songwriter Monte Selby. “I loved hearing what he had to say about truly listening to people when you are talking to them,” she said. “I also enjoyed meeting new people from a bunch of different schools and learning how student councils worked at their schools. I learned many new things such as how to be a better leader, how to be more inclusive and how to get people to listen to you.”
Chaperones were Student Council moderators Laura Flandez and Katie Jeter Valenciano.
Mindy Brodhead Averitt
Photos courtesy of Katie Valenciano