Please consider submitting your best projects from this year for an individual project award!
The goals for the Individual Project Awards are to recognize outstanding projects across the state and to motivate other councils to increase the level of involvement at their respective schools. These project forms are brought to the annual state convention and submitted prior to the end of the registration on the first day of the conference. Please note that 1st place winners are not allowed to resubmit the following year in the same category. Every school is allowed five submissions. For more information, please refer to the “awards” tab on the TASC website.
These are the winners from the 2016 State Convention last year:
1st Place – Soddy Daisy HS – Tasting
2nd Place – Marshall Co HS – MR. Bachelor
Mentoring Another Council or Recruitment
1st Place – Unicoi Co. HS
1st Place – Houston HS – $500 in 5 minutes
2nd Place – Wilson Central HS – Whit’s Ribbons
3rd Place – Lebanon HS – White Out for Whit Robertson
Improving Student Attitudes
1st Place – Houston HS – Random Acts of Kindness
2nd Place – Unicoi Co HS – Special Olympics Pep Rally
3rd Place – Forest MS – The Caring Closet
1st Place – Siegel MS – The Logan Project
2nd Place – Wilson Central HS – Making the Cut
3rd Place – Unicoi Co. HS – Yuda Bands
1st Place – Houston HS – Hearts for Houston
2nd Place – Soddy Daisy HS – Thankful Leaves
3rd Place – Lebanon HS – Walters on the Shelf
1st Place – Marshall Co HS – Dye Dash
2nd Place – Soddy Daisy – Core Banquet
3rd Place – Houston HS – Thanksgiving Dinner
1st Place – Wilson Central HS – Wildcat Welcome Camp
2nd Place – Sullivan North HS – Veteran’s Day “Honoring Those Who Served”
3rd Place – Arlington HS – 1st Week of School Pep Rally
Pride and Patriotism
1st Place – Unicoi Co HS – Spirit Initiative
1st Place – Kate Bond MS – 6th Grade Welcome Letters
2nd Place – Arlington HS – Team Up for St. Jude
3rd Place – Marshall Co. HS – Bathroom Makeover
Information on the TASC website NOW to register your council for the 2017 state convention hosted by Arlington High School in Arlington, TN (outside of Memphis). Make your plans today to join us in March!
Every year schools can submit thoughts from fundraisers to workshops to share with the rest of the councils in TN as part of the Platinum award application. Hopefully, some of these ideas will spark ideas for your own council. Enjoy!
At this past SASC convention, a few of our students, along with myself, discovered a service project called “Yuda Bands”. The founder of the Yuda Band project was at the convention selling bands and also giving councils information about the service project, persuading them to bring it back to their schools with them. When we talked to the founder, we immediately knew that it was something we wanted to bring back to UCHS! Once we got involved, we were able to pick a student from Zimbabwe to sponsor throughout the project. The objective of this project was for us to sell the specific amount of bands needed by our student (350), so that the money we raised by selling the bands could pay off the rest of his school funds. The whole group managing this project, along with the rest of our council was very passionate and supportive during sales, which helped us tremendously when trying to reach our goal. Our team set up a table during lunch every day for two weeks, set up a table at our home ball games, and also sold bands out in the community for us to succeed in selling 350 bands. Thankfully, our Yuda Band team was able to reach the goal to pay off the rest of our student’s school funds! This service project not only brought our council closer and taught us new leadership skills, but it also brought the school together as a whole by everyone getting involved and helping out a student in need. This would be a rewarding project for any council to participate in knowing that your own council would be helping a student less fortunate, that does not have the same opportunities to gain an education as we do.
Submitted by Destiny Zabala at Unicoi High School
“The Caring Closet”
At Lake Forest Middle School, the Student Government Association started a project called The Caring Closet. The goal of The Caring Closet is to obtain toiletries and new or gently used clothing and get these items into the hands of students who need them. The donated items can be obtained by any student but our goal is to reach out to those who may have fallen on hard times or have circumstances that just don’t allow them the necessity of new clothing or toiletry items. The students go to The Caring Closet to choose clothing and toiletries that they may need or want. These items are distributed discreetly to avoid embarrassment. We feel the impact of The Caring Closet has been a positive one in that the students are able to obtain clothing that doesn’t set them apart from their peers and they are touched knowing that someone truly does care. The Caring Closet has helped Lake Forest Middle School’s Student Government Association see the effects of one small change or one new idea and how it can impact their peers.
Submitted by Gabrielle Bennett, SGA President at Lake Forest Middle School Cleveland, TN
“Making the Cut”
Last year, based on a suggestion from a student who had donated her own hair, our council decided to host our own version of the Pantene Beautiful Lengths Challenge. We canvased the school and found 20 girls and 1 faculty member willing to donate their hair. Overall, these 21 ladies donated 274 inches of hair to be made into wigs. We also sold t-shirts to the student body and faculty and donated the proceeds to our state project, St. Jude. This year, we are ready to make the cut, again! We have begun contacting stylists and looking for students to participate. We are planning on opening the opportunity up to the other high schools in our county in hopes of getting 30 participants this year. Once again, we will be selling our t-shirts to the student body and faculty and donating the profit to St. Jude. Wilson Central is making the cut and preparing to give back!
Submitted by Kendall Jennings at Wilson Central High School
“West TN Workshop”
The 2015 West Tennessee Workshop was on October 30 at Bellevue Church in Memphis. As West TN Representative, I feel like the workshop was a successful day of Spooktacular Leadership, with 200 students in attendance. The opening session included a speech by a TASC Alumna and University of Memphis Recruiter, Kelly Pietkiewicz, who spoke on failure. Her speech was unique, encouraging and something that everyone can relate to and learn. Next, the students went to five different rotations such as school spirit, dealing with administration, community service, and more. Students from my school, Houston High, as well as one student from Tipton Rosemark led the ten different sessions. The morning ended with a motivational moment by 2014-2015 TASC President Madison Cranford. Since I was in constant contact with adults (the speakers, food caterers, Bellevue employees) I learned lifelong communication skills. I also learned how to manage my time and better delegate an event. My workshop was so much fun and I am so happy that I had the opportunity to organize it. It was also a cool experience to have several TASC alumni involved in planning and a part of the West TN Area Workshop. To, me it proves how much TASC can positively impact a person and prepares students for life after high school. I have fallen even more in love with TASC and everything it represents!
Submitted by Olivia Brommer at Houston High School
The fundraiser was used to bring together the community and raise money for student activities. The tasting is a dinner where every council member or volunteer brings in a dish of their choice for guests to sample or “taste.” Before the dinner takes place council members/volunteers pre-sell tickets for the event. We sold tickets for $10 each and $5 for every kid 10 and under. We also invited guests to buy tickets at the door. During the tasting, guests get plates and choose which dishes they would like to sample. As another way to raise funds, we sold cookbooks with the recipes of all the dishes that were at the dinner. The cookbooks were sold for about $5 each. The food theme for our “tasting” this year was soups and breads. Worked great for the month of January!
Submitted by Chandler Duncan at Soddy Daisy High School
It’s finally here! The 2016 annual TASC State Convention at Ravenwood High School has finally arrived. On Friday, March 4, student leaders from around the state will gather in Brentwood for a Leadership Extravaganza. As President, I am beyond excited to be playing a role in this convention. Also, this convention is my last, so I hope to make the most out of it!
3 years ago, Ravenwood hosted the state convention, and they did a spectacular job, and this year will be no different. I know this weekend will be packed full of fun, friends, and opportunities to better yourself and your own council! My challenge for all delegates at TASC is accomplish 3 things this weekend: meet new friends, discover new ways to improve your school and have an EXTRAVAGANZA with your own council! If you accomplish these three things, this convention will be one of your most memorable high school experiences.
In my years of being involved in TASC, I have learned leadership lessons time and time again. I have traveled the world. I have met amazing friends. TASC has benefitted me more than any other organization, and I am honored to have been able to serve this past year as its president. I may not know exactly what lies ahead for TASC, but I know that a legacy of great leaders is coming, and this organization will thrive for years to come. If you are reading this and aren’t involved in TASC or your home council as you would like to be, change that immediately!! It will be the best change you ever make; I guarantee it.
TASC President 2015-16
WOW! That’s all I can say about these past few weeks of summer. Going to camp for the last time was an unforgettable experience. I made new friends, reconnected with old ones, and strengthened the bond with my own council. Each day brought new challenges and adventures for all campers to face, and I loved every single second of it. Whether it was doing chants with my council, swallowing (accident) the mystery drink, rehearsing for the talent show, designing a council badge, pulling an all-nighter on the last night (Thanks Mr. Sneed and Mr. Barbee!!), or experiencing my last candlelight and council star session, every moment has a place in my heart. When I looked around at the other campers during the candlelight ceremony, I had a bittersweet feeling. I knew that it was my last few hours of being a camper, but I saw so much potential in the campers around me. At that moment, I knew that TASC had a bright future, and I hope to stay a part of it for as long as everyone will have me!
After 0 hours of sleep, 3:30 AM Thursday night of camp came quickly. On the drive to the airport, I couldn’t help but miss my TASC family. Arriving at the National Association of Student Councils (NASC) conference at Rio Rancho High School in New Mexico was a major shock. I knew absolutely no other students. Not a soul. It also didn’t help that I had lost my voice from camp. After awkwardly eating lunch with Illinois, I made it my goal to meet the other state presidents. I saw Georgia (who I roomed with as well), so I went and talked to them, and soon enough, they became my family. After this, other states (South Carolina, Virginia, and Oregon) took me in as one of their own as well, with some even standing for me during the presentation of state flags. Even though I was all alone, I learned that student council family extends far beyond the borders of Tennessee.
NASC was packed full of great speakers, workshops, and networking opportunities. I learned so much, and it has made me so excited for our workshops and convention. I also encourage all TASC schools to attend SASC this October in Louisiana to represent Tennessee! I believe SASC is just as amazing as NASC was, and it is the best opportunity for us to come together as a state to show everyone else how great TASC really is! Next year, NASC will be held in Portland, Oregon. I know the future president will go (Tip: Get TASC T-Shirts made for you to trade), but I also encourage anyone else that wants to experience it to go for it because I know the Oregon Association of Student Councils will do a spectacular job.
On the last night of NASC, they also had a candlelight ceremony. During it, I stopped thinking about what the speaker was saying, but rather my own journey in student council instead. I remember walking into Ravenwood in 2013 barely knowing what TASC stood for. The journey TASC and Student Council have taken me on is incredible. No other group or organization has blessed me with as many friends, memories, and once in a lifetime experiences as Student Council has. It still amazes me that the one little awkward freshman from a school that no one had ever heard of could go so far with this organization. This organization truly changes lives. My time with TASC is coming to a close, but I will do everything I can to build it up before the coming workshops and convention. Until then, I’ll be counting down the days until I see my TASC family once again!
Unicoi County High School
TASC President 2015-2016