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Leadership lessons atop “the Hill”

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Trey Ferguson is a math teacher at Leesville Road High School in Raleigh and co-founder of the Beginning Teacher Network.

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  • Henry Foust

    During the summer of 1974 I attended the NCASC Summer Leadership Workshop as a delegate from Southern Alamance High School. After my second year of teaching and becoming the Student Council advisor I began taking students from Northwood High School to the workshop in 1987. Except for one year when someone asked me to run another workshop I have attended the workshop every year taking scores of NHS officers. It is by far some of the best leadership training anywhere. Every school in the state should send a delegation to this workshop!

  • Heather Crump Martin

    While serving my first year as the Student Council adviser at Parkway School in Watauga County, I was so thankful to join the NCASC and receive such invaluable support and training both for myself and my students. The eight middle school students I took to the NCASC Summer Leadership Workshop had an experience of a lifetime while developing their personal leadership skills and meeting fellow Student Council members from across the state. If you are involved in a Student Council or have one at your school, I would strongly recommend that you join and become an active member of the NCASC! Our school is already looking forward to next year’s NCASC Summer Leadership Workshop and can’t wait to participate in the other events they offer throughout the upcoming school year.

  • Kim Lemons

    My first experience “on the hill” was in 1992. I had worked with student council for about 2 years. My co-advisor was nearing retirement and asked me to take Asheboro’s 2 delegates to this “summer student council workshop.” I thought that it would be a one shot deal….but my experience was without a doubt, the BEST education training that I have ever received. The 2016 workshop marks my 23rd year “on the hill.” Many of Asheboro High School’s signature events were introduced thru student council…and many of these ideas came from the NCASC Summer Workshop. Even after graduating, I have had many students…and students’ parents tell me how the NC Association of Student Councils opened up new opportunities. From meeting student leaders across the state to becoming a more confident young person, NCASC has given our state generations of leadership lessons.

  • williams

    What a great article about the value of the NCASC Summer Workshop and the growth and bonding that took place among the student council leaders – and advisors – who attended. I know Mars Hill University was delighted to host this event again this year. MHU has been the host campus for this Summer Workshop for the last 54 years! Having high school students learn these leadership lessons in a college setting adds another perspective and dimension to the experience. North Carolina colleges and universities across the state, including our 36 independent colleges and universities such as Mars Hill, welcome students of all ages for summer civic, academic and athletic workshops/camps.