SGA hosts West TN Leadership Conference

Student councils, student governments, and other student leadership teams from all over West TN gathered once again to attend this year’s West TN Leadership Conference. For the second consecutive year, Houston High School’s SGA hosted the event.

Housed in the youth facility of Bellevue Baptist Church HHS students (in celebration of Halloween) wearing costumes greeted all of the arriving students. Olivia Brommer, an HHS senior officiated the entire event.

“Houston High School has hosted this workshop for West TN schools three out of the last four years because an HHS student has served on the Tennessee Association of Student Councils (TASC) board,” says teacher sponsor Traci Spain. “At the TASC State Convention, students run for positions to serve on the Executive Board. Olivia is the TASC West TN Area Representative this year. Her main responsibility is to host a fall leadership workshop for the West TN schools.” Spain, herself is serving her second term as the TASC State Executive Director.

At the conference our own Superintendent Jason Manuel and HHS Principal Kyle Cherry gave some opening remarks and SGA members joined Brommer to draw names for door prizes and lead the massive group in commonly known leadership cheers. The keynote speaker, Kelly Piettkiewicz, an admissions counselor for the University of Memphis, gave a poignant and relevant talk about the handling failure as a young leader.

Shortly after, the group broke into small groups for break out sessions—also led by Houston High School SGA students. Topics ranged from Engaging Your Student Body to Fundraising 101.

Brommer, who has been involved in SGA since her sophomore year beams, “I have always loved being a leader. I can confidently say SGA has changed my life for the better. Through SGA, and specifically the workshop, I have been forced to talk to many adults, which has resulted in lifelong communication skills. Also, since SGA has to be at most even"ts that Houston has, I have made many new friendships with people I would have normally never known. SGA has provided me with a whole new level of communication skills, leadership skills, and friendships. I am beyond blessed to be a part of such a wonderful organization, and wouldn't be where I am today without [teacher sponsor] Traci Spain”.

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