Already set to host the National Association of Student Councils’ Annual Conference next month, the Pinkerton Academy Student Council recently won gold from the NASC.
On April 28, the Student Council was named as a National Association of Student Councils’ Gold Council of Excellence for 2017, according to Pinkerton administrators.
In winning the award, Pinkerton joins other New Hampshire schools Londonderry, Salem and Sanborn.
And for the first time in New Hampshire, Pinkerton Academy is scheduled to host the National Association of Student Councils’ Annual Conference in June.
The conference is scheduled to run from Monday, June 26 through Wednesday, June 28.
Student Council Adviser John Breda, said earlier this year that he and the students are extremely excited that the high school has been chosen to host the conference.
“I am very excited for both Pinkerton and New Hampshire to host such an event,” said Breda, a chemistry teacher at the school. “I think both have a rich history that I am glad we can share with others from across the country and world.”
Pinkerton Student Council members started planning for the event back in August and will spend most of the conference setting up, he said.
It is rare for the conference to be held in New England in general because schools are smaller than in the South and West, where large, regional schools are more common he said. One of the factors needed to host the conference is for the school to be able to easily accommodate more than 1,000 students and advisors for all workshops and sessions, Breda said.
“Pinkerton’s large size is unique to New Hampshire, allowing it to meet the space needs national office needs to host this event,” Breda said, adding, “We are also promoting the mountains, seacoast and Boston as diverse areas which the delegates can explore.”
Plans call for Pinkerton to have about 60 student volunteers for the event. Also serving at the event as volunteers will be some parents, alumni and other student council members from nearby schools. In all he said there will be about 100 to 150 volunteers helping at the conference.
During the conference, students will have many opportunities to interact with their peers from across the country. Breda said the conference consists of general sessions with keynote speakers; large group(100 to 200) presentations with other speakers; workshops prepared by both advisors and students; and community service.
“Many of the speakers and workshops actively engage the students,” Breda said. Some of the announced keynote speakers are Phil Boyte, Ed Gerety, Natalie Panek, Mike Smith and Kevin Wanzer.
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