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Student Senators Attend Leadership Convention
Pictured, from left: Claire Ficek, Connor Prok, Advisor Jamie Harms, Caleb Abernethy, Ingrid Aufderheide, and Hallie Dierbeck
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April 15, 2019 — Five members of the Mound Westonka High School Student Senate participated in the Minnesota Association of Student Councils/Minnesota Association of Honor Societies (MASC/MAHS) State Leadership Convention April 6-8. Co-advisor Jamie Harms accompanied junior Connor Prok, sophomore Claire Ficek, and ninth-graders Caleb Abernethy, Ingrid Aufderheide and Hallie Dierbeck to the convention, which was hosted by the Medford and Owatonna high schools.
Prok ran a great campaign for 2019-2020 vice president of the MASC Executive Board, advancing to the finals before ultimately losing the election. Prok’s campaign included a candidate’s booth, posters, promotional items (stickers and rocks) and his own hash tag, #rockwithprok. He presented a 5-minute speech to the entire convention on Saturday and competed in the candidates’ forum on Sunday during which he was asked a series of questions in a panel with other candidates. Prok made it through the primary voting and into the top two final candidates, where a Wayzata candidate won the election.
“We were so proud to watch Connor on his campaign trail and to support him in his run for MASC vice president,” said Harms. “Connor went in standing tall and walked out even taller from this experience. Connor represented MWHS so well, and we are happy he took the chance.”
Ficek campaigned for the secretary position on the Hennepin Division Executive Board, and Aufderheide ran for a member-at-large position on the same board. Both students were elected by majority vote and will serve for the 2019-2020 school year.
At the convention, students heard from keynote speakers Tom Cody of Top 20 Training and Nate Eklund of Eklund Consulting and attended big idea discussions led by other schools. Prok and Ficek were presenters at the round table discussions, where they talked about safety at school events.
“We presented in three separate sessions about how our school provides safety at our school events,” explained Ficek. “We had a chance to discuss our check-in process, administration and resource officer presences, as well as our visitor forms process and the future possibility of checking in with student IDs.”
Delegates also got to attend an activity night, dance, awards banquet, division meetings, in addition to voting for the executive council.
MASC provides server leadership forums and conventions throughout the year that provide students with opportunities to learn from keynote speakers and other student councils. They make connections and collaborations which, in turn, help out Student Senate with ideas for events, fundraisers, drives and dances.
At the convention, Harms received an award for the Hennepin Division Advisor of the Year. Harms was nominated for the award and presented with a certificate at the advisors’ banquet Saturday evening.