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Posted February 7, 2012

Student Leaders From Across State Converge on WMHS

Annual student council convention kicks off Thursday and winds up Saturday with the swearing in of new officers

Nearly a thousand students and advisors representing 100 student councils from across the state will converge on West Mesa High School this week for the annual New Mexico Association of Student Councils' spring conference.

Most APS high schools and several middle schools will participate in the three-day conference with its focus on student leadership. This year’s theme “Leadership through the Decades: A Centennial Celebration” celebrates the evolving role of student councils through the years along with state's 100th birthday.

Students will take part in workshops, competitions and a community service project that involves making greeting cards for American troops abroad. Other activities include a talent show, banquet, dance, movie, games, even a 100th birthday celebration for the state complete with cake.

Students also will attend a presentation on the dangers of texting while driving and a keynote speech by inspirational comedian Judson Laipply, best known for his video “Evolution of Dance,” which went viral on the Internet, scoring more than 100 million views on YouTube in less than a year.

One of the primary purposes of the spring conference is to elect state officers. Candidates will campaign during the conference, and an election will be held Friday night, with a swearing-in ceremony on Saturday morning.

The conference kicks off Thursday evening with welcoming remarks by Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent Winston Brooks, West Mesa High School Principal Ben Santistevan, APS Education Foundation Executive Director Phill Casaus and others.

“I am looking forward to meeting young leaders from across the state and helping them kick off their annual conference,” said Brooks. “What a great opportunity for these kids to share ideas, get inspired and network.”