A Legendary Weekend
March 18, 2016
Student Government Association Adviser
Terry Sanford High School
The weekend of March 11-13, 2016, saw over 500 delegates from across North Carolina descend on Terry Sanford High School for the 90th NC Association of Student Councils state convention. This year’s theme of “Where Leadership Legends Begin” proved to be a good one as the keynote speakers included UNC-Chapel Hill and NBA legend Michael Jordan, Grammy-Award winner KJ Scriven, Harlem Globetrotter legend Dexter Williams, NC Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. June Atkinson and a video message from NASCAR legend Richard Petty. Delegates also heard from Lt. Col. Ken Dwyer and retired Master Sgt. James Jordan while on a two-hour visit to the Airborne and Special Operations Museum and NC Veterans Park. Tours of the museum were given by active duty and veteran soldiers, so students truly learned first-hand about the sacrifices and dedication of these true legends. They also completed over 25,000 meals for people in underdeveloped nations through a grant provided by Wells Fargo and the Stop Hunger Now program.
It was also a legendary weekend of success for delegates from the Cumberland County schools as many council and individual awards were won. The following high schools were named Honors Councils in the North Carolina Association for Student Councils (NCASC): South View, Gray’s Creek, Pine Forest, Seventy-First, E.E. Smith, Douglas Byrd, Massey Hill Classical, Howard Health & Life Sciences, and Terry Sanford. Cross Creek Early College won the Distinguished Donor Award for the 4th year in a row. This year, they gave over $4,500 to the state association’s charity, Victory Junction.
Ten students from Terry Sanford were recognized for receiving the Distinguished Student Leader Award by the NASC upon completion of a rigorous portfolio application. Twelve students from across the county were inducted into the NCASC Hall of Fame. Principal David Culbreth of Pine Forest High School was named Administrator of the Year. Kellie Aldridge of Southview won the Bronze Service Award for 15+ years as an SGA adviser from the National Association of Student Councils. Kevin Hight of Terry Sanford won the Silver Service Award for more than 20 years as an SGA adviser from the NASC and also the Distinguished Service Award from the NCASC.
Finally, Terry Sanford and Grays Creek high schools were recognized for their service during the current year as President School and Central District Vice Chair School, respectively. Jeremy
Ruiz from Douglas Byrd High School was elected Central District Chair for the 2016-2017 school year, which means his school will host the district conference next fall. Massey Hill Classical won two offices: Hannah McCarthy was elected State Communications Officer and Jenna Nabors won Central District Vice-Chair. With this election, a Cumberland County school has served on the state board every year since 2003, including the 2014-2015 school year when the county had five schools holding six offices.