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Nearly 1,000 Student Leaders from Across NM Converge in ABQ

The annual NM Association of Student Councils Conference will focus on creating a statewide anti-bullying message beginning Thursday at Atrisco Heritage Academy.

Nearly a thousand students and advisers representing over 70 student councils from across the state will converge on Albuquerque Public Schools Atrisco Heritage Academy High School this week for the annual New Mexico Association of Student Councils' spring conference.

APS high schools and several middle schools will participate in the three-day conference with its focus on student leadership. This year’s theme “Oceans of Leaders, Waves of Success” has a sub-theme of anti-bullying. The speakers, some workshops, and inspirational sound bites from across all walks of life and local celebrities will carry this message throughout the conference.

Students will take part in and present workshops and competitions. Other activities include presentations on participation in state projects from the past year, banquet, dance, movie, games, and peer-to-peer learning.

Students also will attend an opening session keynote concert by the band Life After Liftoff, whose music carries inspirational anti-bullying lyrics. The conference will end with keynote speakers Monte and Michael Selby who will have worked with the delegates during the conference to create a statewide anti-bullying message song that each Student Council will take back to their campus.

One of the primary purposes of the spring conference is to elect state officers. Candidates will campaign during the conference when the delegates practice the democratic voting process. The campaign concludes with a swearing-in ceremony on Saturday. The 2012-2013 state student officers are President Hannah Jones, Aztec HS; First Vice President Kerry Song, Los Alamos HS; Second Vice President Tyler Narvaez, Del Norte HS; and Secretary Valeria Ojeda, Sandia HS. The Executive Board Adviser is Patricia Rivera, Activities Director/Student Council Adviser at Valley HS.

The conference kicks off Thursday evening with welcoming remarks by APS Associate Superintendent Eddie Soto, Atrisco Heritage Academy High School Principal Antonio Gonzales (who also serves on the NMASC Executive Board), APS Education Foundation Executive Director Phill Casaus and others.

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