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The CCJH Student Council earned the award of Master Council at the AAJHSC convention on May 5.

The CCJH Student Council earned the award of Master Council at the AAJHSC convention on May 5.

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.”


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By Skylar Sosa
Cougar News Blog

     To help bond members and to have each other come together as a whole, Student Council went on a retreat to learn about leadership, bond, and to just have fun.
     Council members attended the Arizona Association of Junior High Student Council’s annual retreat Feb. 6 at Talking Stick Resort Arena.
     “The overall goal, at least for me as the adviser, was for students to bond as a group and come away with at least one thing they can use make our council better,” said Jason Davis. “That may not be the same thing for everyone, which is great.”
     Attendees had the chance to listen to Steven Hunter, a former Suns player. He shared his knowledge on leadership, persistence, and goal setting.
     “Those are good messages for young leaders to hear because expectations for them are very high and it’s easy to get caught up in nonsense that can get them off track,” said Mr. Davis.
     Having Hunter speak to the students is not where the list of opportunities ends. The whole moral of this trip was for teamwork and communication. There were leadership sessions that covered everything it takes to be successful in StuCo. Leadership skills it takes to be in Student Council were showcased during the activities and games the conference had given. The activities provided to the students had them working with complete strangers or even people from their own class that they usually didn’t partner with.
     “I wanted to create opportunities everyone to bond with someone they maybe didn’t know that well,” said Davis. “It’s those bonds that create better teamwork and make us better.”
     “The activities we did while on the retreat had some people getting out of their comfort zones, but it also caused everyone to have a great time,” said representative Arleen Preciado.