Grafton High School junior Jacqui Manning was elected president of the Massachusetts Association of Student Councils this week during the state conference in Hyannis. Jacqui campaigned on a platform that included a statewide “acts of kindness” project to help students learn more about bullying and cyber bullying.
“Jacqui delivered one of the most eloquent and passionate speeches I have seen in my 15 years of attending this conference, and we are all extremely proud of her,” Grafton High School Principal James Pignataro wrote in an email. “What is even more impressive is that with six candidates for the office of President Jacqui won this election with a majority vote with no run-off election necessary. Jacqui will lead the student board in planning the statewide events for the 2013-2014 school year. We know that she will do an amazing job and we can wait to see how Jacqui and her board bring MASC to new heights.”
Jacqui was one of my two student writers for “GHS Journal,” a project I started last fall on the Grafton Daily Voice. She’s wonderfully enthusiastic and talented and I can’t imagine there was a better choice.
Other GHS student delegates who attended the conference were Kaitlin Chouinard, Katrina Teixeira, Caitlyn O’Malley, Erin Stock, Taylor Smith, Taylor Sullivan, Olivia Dauphinais, Brittney McManus, Shannon Dewar, Hannah Sheridan, Whitney Valeri, Chris Leonardi, Robert Quist, Ryan Manning, and Ben Cadrin.
GHS senior Mary Stygles, who served on the state executive board this year, played a role in planning the conference.
“Once again this year our student council was recognized as a top council in the state for the school and community service projects that we do,” Pignataro wrote. “The students were recognized as a Five Star Council and a Gold Council of Excellence, which is the most prestigious award in the state association. Although only a small group of our council was there to receive these awards they belong to the entire council, and everyone should be proud of their work.”
Some students received individual awards:
- Chris Leonardi was named the Central District Massachusetts Association of Student Council Unsung Hero. This award is given to an individual from each region that displays an extraordinary effort in performing tasks for their council, shows consistent enthusiasm, always lends a helping hand, and is a role-model in the school community. The students who receive this award go above and beyond the call of duty without being called upon and with little or no recognition.
- Olivia Dauphinais, Caitlyn O’Malley, and Chris Leonarid were named Commonwealth Award Winners. These awards recognize outstanding student council members from MASC member schools on the basis of leadership, followership, and citizenship.
- Erin Stock, Jacqui Manning, and Chris Leonardi ran a workshop at the state conference, which went extremely well and they received excellent feedback from the attendees. They will take that feedback they received to perfect the workshop before they present it at the National Student Council Conference this June.