I first joined student council my sophomore year in high school. This decision alone changed my life dramatically. Before student council, I was very shy, quiet, dependent, and obscure in school and as well as life in general. I did not enjoy meeting new people and liked to hang out with just “my group” of friends. While this is not necessarily a bad thing, I understand now that it was incredibly boring. There were no new experiences, no new friends, and no new adventures that drive my life today. Student Council has introduced me to new opportunities, friends, and challenges. I have made countless friends through student council, TASC and SASC, and most of them which I will keep in contact through the rest of my life. TASC and SASC has presented me with many challenges that have helped shape me into the person I am today. My sophomore year I went to SASC for my first time and it was an experience I will never forget. SASC forced me to get out of my shell and go out there and have fun. Later that year I volunteered to go to TASC as the campaign manager for Emily Carney who ran for president. Although we lost, this experience was very important to me because it taught me values such as patients, hard work, and dedication. By my junior year, I was ready to turn it up a notch. That year at SASC, Kayla Gardner and I ran for the executive office of parliamentarian. After intense campaigning from my fellow members, (that we could NEVER have done it without them) we won the two positions. This moment in my life will be with me forever. The sounds, the feelings, and the smiles I could not describe to you. The joy that swept over me and filled me with tears are unable to compare with anything else in my life. Compared to my freshman year, I am a different person. My goal as a senior is to encourage any fellow student council member of any school, to attend a TASC or SASC conference, run for an office, do the impossible, and then see what happens. It is worth it!

                                                                                                Bryce Hammer
                                                                                                Wilson Central High School

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