Established in 1932, the Southern Association of Student Councils is an association of fifteen Southeastern states that provides high school and middle level student leaders with opportunities for networking, building leadership skills, sharing ideas, participating in service projects, and getting motivated to make a difference in their schools, communities, and in their own lives. Their adult advisors enjoy the same benefits—plus the sharing of leadership curricula and strategies for supporting their students in becoming better leaders.
Download the SASC Constitution & By-Laws (revised 10/14/16)
PRESIDENT: SULPHUR HIGH SCHOOL (LA)
PRESIDENT-ELECT: MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL (FL)
VICE-PRESIDENT: ARCHBISHOP HANNAN HIGH SCHOOL (LA)
SECRETARY: AMERICAN HERITAGE HIGH SCHOOL (FL)
PARLIAMENTARIAN: CHAPIN HIGH SCHOOL (SC)
Executive Director Dana Gros (Louisiana)
I am Dana Gros, your Executive Director. I had served on the executive board for six years prior to being elected to this position. I assure you I will do my best to continue the great traditions of SASC and lead you into the future as we grow this association. I am here to serve you, your students, and your schools. If there is anything I can do for you please don't hesitate to contact me.
Assistant Advisor Beth David (Louisiana)
Beth David is an assistant advisor on the SASC Board. She has been based at Thibodaux High in southeastern Louisiana for the past 49 years, having served as a student council advisor for 46 years. Her council has co-hosted four SASC Conferences and served several times in other SASC offices. She is an SASC Advisor of the year and was selected as the NASC Advisor of the Year in 2007.
Her job in SASC is to coordinate the contest competition at the SASC Conference. This includes the Advisor and Member of the Year, the outstanding projects, and the oratory, poster, and photography competitions. Her goals for the coming year are to evaluate the contests and to upgrade each of the contest entry forms.
SASC is a unique organization. It is the only regional student council leadership organization in the United States. The continuation of the traditions of SASC and the membership are crucial to its success.
Assistant Advisor Karen Clem (Alabama)
I am Karen Clem and I am super excited to be one of the Assistant Advisors for SASC. I am currently the SCA sponsor for Athens High School in Athens, Alabama and have been the sponsor for approximately 25 years; and, AHS has been a SASC member school for well over 30 years. Athens High School hosted the SASC conference back in 2011, we served as the SASC Parliamentarian School two years ago, and we have served as SASC Secretary twice in the past.
I am hoping these experiences with SASC as well as my experiences with SCA in the state of Alabama and at my high school will help in leading SASC to an even higher of excellence. Students are the heart of this association and I am looking forward to planning events with the rest of our newly elected SASC officers for the best conference ever in South Carolina in October of 2018. Please feel free to contact me if I you ever have ideas or suggestions on how to make our organization even better than it already is.
There are many organizations dedicated, in some fashion or another, to the betterment of our society and culture—our American way of life. Some are designed for the needs of the business community while others are focused on the arts and humanities. The Southern Association of Student Councils centers its attention on a segment of our society that represents the future of our nation in virtually every respect the new leadership.
The Southern Association of Student Councils began in 1932 when Central High School of Memphis, Tennessee, invited several schools in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas to participate in a convention to celebrate its twentieth term of student government. Because of the success of and response to this meeting, the attending schools decided to hold a meeting each year. Other schools were invited to send delegates, and thus the Southern Association of Student Councils was born.
Since 1932, member schools have served as hosts to the annual conference except during World War II, when it was necessary to discontinue them. From 1932 to 1946, the Head Advisor to SASC was Charles F. Allen. He said, There is probably no greater field for initiating and stimulating practical citizenship than student council work in the modern secondary school. During his years as Head Advisor SASC encouraged the formation of a state association in each of the fourteen member states.
Succeeding Mr. Allen as Head Advisor for SASC were Dr. Srygley (1946-51), J. L. Burks (1952-59), D. D. Gentry (1960), Oneta Cummings (1960-69), Dan Waguespack (1970-72), and Curtis Vanadore (1973-75). The title of Head Advisor was changed to Executive Director and Patricia B. Ireland served in that capacity from 1975 until 2011. Marquita Thomas (2011-2016). At the 2016 Conference at Wilson Central High School in Tennessee, Dana Gros was elected as the new Executive Director.
Although the structure of the Southern Association of Student Councils has changed throughout the years, the philosophy on which it was built is still a reality today. Student Councils representing member schools throughout the fifteen member state region (Missouri was added in the 1980s) still convene once a year to provide leadership training practical experience in democratic principles, an exchange of ideas, and an exposure to different life styles as guests in the host school community. Believing that we can no longer live in a world where our interests are limited to the people and problems of our immediate community, the Southern Association of Student Councils continues to offer student council members throughout the region a chance to grow and expand their knowledge through travel and shared experience.
This objective is as real today as it was in 1932. The Southern Association of Student Councils is proud of its heritage and history. It congratulates the member schools who have supported it through the years and applauds those schools which have served as conference host. SASC pledges many more years of challenging conferences for the young leaders who are the Southern Association of Student Councils.
Download the SASC Conference History (1932-present)
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