More than 1,000 students from across Florida recently came together to develop their leadership, responsibility and personal growth skills at the Florida Association of Student Councils Conference. Royal Palm Beach High School had the honor to host this event, and the results were extraordinary.
“Seeing the commitment of so many students is overwhelming. They understand the impact that their leadership skills will do for their future not only in college, but in their careers,” said Justin Arnone, student council advisor at Royal Palm Beach High School.
The conference offered three days of keynote speakers, presentations, student workshops, professional development, competitions and lots of fun.
The theme this year, “Oh, the Places You’ll Lead,” was highlighted with decorations inspired by Dr. Seuss and activities created by the students.
“It took us two years to plan this magnificent event, and the comments from all the students were so positive,” Arnone said. “All I kept hearing was that this has been the best conference so far.”
The awards program included categories in speech contest, parliamentary procedures and projects of the year. The FASC talent show featured the dazzling talents of student leaders from all the Florida districts. RPBHS not only organized the event, but two student representatives were selected as the state treasurers.
The Florida Association of Student Councils (FASC) consists of member schools and their students and advisors throughout the state who are working together to bring about a growth in student leadership development, participation in student activities and student civic engagement.
“An undertaking of this magnitude requires a true team effort,” RPBHS Principal Jesus Armas said. “Under the expert direction of activities coordinator and Student Council Advisor Justin Arnone, Royal Palm Beach High School students, parents, staff and personnel from several school district departments all came together to host a first-class event. This is but one example of the magnificence of the Royal Palm Beach High School community and of our ongoing effort to further our vision of excellence.”
One of the most impactful sessions of the conference included a simulation of a car accident involving students drinking after prom. The scene was made as real as possible, with disabled vehicles and students badly injured. Members of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue and other law enforcement agencies took part in the exercise, which showed students the consequences of their actions.
Above: Royal Palm Beach High School Student Council members were honored for their work at the March 13 School Board meeting.