By Lexi Demery
Cougar News Blog
The student council masters are here.
Cactus Canyon’s Student Council earned the award of Master Council – the highest given by the Arizona Association of Junior High Student Councils – at the state convention at We Ko Pa Resort and Convention Center in Scottsdale on May 5.
“We were so excited to earn the Master Council award,” said adviser Jason Davis. “We worked very hard for the whole year and now we are proud to be able to call ourselves one of the best councils in the state of Arizona.”
In order to receive Master Council the council had to meet over 25 requirements. The group had to complete leadership, school spirit, and diversity projects, as well as raise funds for the school and charity. In order to get rated a Master Council, every project needed to be complete and earn at least 90 percent by the judging committee.
“We had to attend the AAJHSC events, and even had to present a lesson at one,” said Mr. Davis. “We also had to document our activities with reports, a collage, and a scrapbook.”
This was the council’s first year as a member of AAJHSC and there was a lot of effort and dedication that went into .
“I’m so happy, we put so much in our student council work,” said Faith Marie Inzunza.
The council was very tense before the convention because making the Master Council application and projects perfect was very tedious.
“I was stressed to the max before the convention,” Davis said. “I knew we had done everything we needed to do to get the award, but I was terrified that I made a mistake on the application or that I would forget to bring something we needed.”
In addition to the award ceremony, students heard a presentation from motivational speaker Patrick Perez, who uses dancing to connect with his audience and help them set goals and work toward achieving them.
“The things Mr. Perez talked about were really inspirational, and touching,” said eighth-grade representative Jessica Martinez. “The message really got to me, personally and was extremely helpful.”
As described on its website, the AAJHSC is a student-oriented organization dedicated to developing leadership in student council’s in Arizona. Its goals are to unite students, develop leadership skills, and educate students in school spirit, academic achievement, community involvement, and diversity.
“Being in the AAJHSC gave our kids a chance to network with students from other councils, learn ways to improve our events and activities, and become better leaders and examples,” Mr. Davis said. “We plan to be part of the association for a long time.”