By Andrea Vaca and Oscar Gonzalez Posted May 8, 2009
Note: This article is provided by Mrs. Grady’s Leadership class.
The Nevada Association Student Council State Conference was a fascinating experience this year. It was held at Reed High School in Reno. The newly-elected student body officers and class presidents went on this amazing trip full of mind-blowing activities. Most of the high schools in Nevada participated in this State Conference. The activities included three awesome keynote speakers, a trip to Virginia City, workshops, and the award ceremony.
Our Keynote speakers were entertaining and sent out great messages to everyone there. Chris Bowers was the first speaker; his funny stories taught a great lesson about not sweating the small stuff. On the second day, we heard from Josh Sundquist a Paralympics ski racer, who lost a leg to cancer. His inspirational stories taught us to appreciate life and live it to the fullest. David Garibaldi was the third keynote speaker. Being a great artist, he paints colorful paintings in a matter of minutes to music, mostly hip hop.
On the second day, everyone went to Virginia City. Everyone had time to look around the small town but it had many things to keep you occupied. These things included taking old-time pictures, the candy stores, and antique stores. We also went on a tour on the train. On the train, we toured where the old mines used to be at a distance. After the train ride, the schools gathered at the high school in Virginia City where a hypnotist entertained us. After that, we headed back to Reed High School and had dinner and other activities.
On the last night of the conference, there was an award ceremony at the Grand Sierra Resort. It was really nice and there were also some very entertaining hip hop dancers. During the award ceremony, our school got the Silver Star award, which we deserved because we worked really hard. They also served us a nice dinner while they gave out awards. After the award ceremony, we had a semi-formal dance, which was fun.
Overall the State Conference was a total success. It was filled with great entertainment, but we also learned many things that will help us in the future.