AHS dominates Student Council awards at convention

AHS dominates Student Council awards at state convention
Posted on 04/14/2020

Article written by Sarah Kelly, AHS Student Council Advisor

On March 27-29, members of Arlington Student Council were scheduled to attend their annual TASC state convention. Unfortunately, the convention this year was unable to be held in person and instead the convention was held virtually over several days and weeks. ACS submitted projects and competitions as well as ran for state office. Once again, ASC members brought the work and earned awards in multiple areas. The council overall was awarded Four-Star Council and Platinum Council in recognition for all of their work in the school and community during the year. Additionally, four members, Dorian Rogers, Anna Skidmore, Lauren Voelker, and Aiden Ward, presented virtual workshops that will be shared with the state this week.

Multiple awards were given for individual recognition. Dara Adamolekun, Taylor Davis, Sophie Gilliland, Sophie Holem, Dorian Rogers, Lauren Voelker, and Aiden Ward received the All-Star Award. All-Star is awarded to members who have earned 60 points for participation in specific events to support our local and state council. Additionally, Dara Adamolekun and Anna Skidmore were both awarded the Impact Award. To earn this award, students must have earned the All-Star Award and then have earned an additional 70 points for activities. Lauren Voelker received the Above and Beyond Award for her consistent dedication to doing the behind the scenes work that is so necessary to make council successful. Anna Skidmore was awarded the Member of the Year Award for her dedication and unwavering work to help ASC succeed. The final competition award also belongs to Anna Skidmore who won the Speech contest!

Finally, the biggest recognition from the convention belongs to Dara Adamolekun who was elected to the position of President of the Tennessee Association of Student Council for the 2020-2021 year! Last year, Dara served as the West TN High Representative and hosted the West TN Leadership Workshop in October. Normally, elections consist of nominating speeches, campaign posters, candidate panel, and lots of one on one campaigning. With the complications this year, the candidates had to use only one speech to convince the state that they were the right person. Dara focused her speech on her plans to increase digital presence of councils across the state and shared her vision of a website designed for students to share ideas and projects across the state and nation. Dara had this to say about her election: “Its feels so incredibly humbling to be able to represent our state and school in this way! I’m so grateful for TASC and every way its members have inspired and supported me and cannot wait to work alongside some of the most amazing student leaders in Tennessee towards goals that will strengthen this organization… for years to come. It’s an honor to be involved with an organization dedicated to giving students across our state the opportunity to build relationships with others, improve their leadership skills, and make a difference in their communities.”

Advisors Sarah Kelley and Andrew Sossaman are both extremely proud of the work these members have done and are excited to see what the next year will bring.