written by Clara Bean
Erwin Middle School sent a group of 11 students to the 92nd annual state convention. This year it was held at Alexander Central High School in Taylorsville, NC. The trip started off when we left Erwin at 11:30 at started our trip up to Taylorsville. We stopped at the Yellow Deli to eat a quick lunch before we arrived at the school. We arrived to ACHS at 1:45 where student council advisor Sarah Wise and Clara Bean attended an executive board meeting before the weekend began. At 3:30, practice for the candidates began. At this time Isaac Cawley got to practice his speech and hang his posters for his running of the NCASC Second Vice President. Around 4, registration for all other delegates began along with a lunch catered by Chic-Fil-et. Everyone gathered in the auditorium at around 6 for the first general session along with some chants led by the NCASC executive board. The first general session included the call to order, a welcome from many people in and around Alexander County, introduction of the board and roll call. Also in the first general session we heard from a phenomenal guest speaker, Mike Smith. After hearing from Mike, we left to go to district meetings for all district level candidates to give their speeches and presentations. Once we had heard from all candidates, we had a quick snack break. We then headed back to the auditorium for the second general session where all state level candidates gave their speeches. We headed back to the hotel around 10:00 to prepare for the next day. Upon arrival to the hotel and after we checked in, we had a short meeting with our own councils in preparation for the next day by reading their qualifications and creating questions to ask candidates in the Q & A sessions.
Saturday morning we got up around 6am to get some hotel breakfast and prepare for the day. We left the hotel at 7:50 to head to ACHS to the 3rd general session. During the 3rd general session we heard from Mr. Ed Gerety who talked to us about standing up for your greatness. We then attended 2 seminar sessions, including presentations from Ed Gerety, Linda Kendrick (American Red Cross), Cathy Davis (Victory Junction) and Samantha Huffman (Special Olympics). Following the sessions we ate a BBQ chicken lunch in the cafeteria. During lunch there were cool places to take pictures and some student led chants. Once lunch wrapped up, students attended different skill shops in order to learn different skills to take back home. After workshops were lead, delegates grabbed a quick snack and headed back to their district rooms for caucuses. Isaac, along with Avery Johnson and Lauren Whisnant answered caucus questions in the 3 different district rooms about our schools candidacy. A little before 4 o’clock all delegates headed back to their hotels to prepare for the banquet that night. After we prepared for the banquet and snapped a few quick pictures, we walked to the Hickory Metro Convention Center where we would be spending that evening. While there we ate a pasta dinner and enjoyed the Checkered Flag Ceremony, where our school was recognized as an honor council. Following that there was a dance also in the convention center. At 11, everyone headed back to their hotels and got a good nights sleep.
On Sunday morning we arrived to the high school around 9 o’clock for the 4th general session where we voted for the schools who would hold office during the upcoming year. Also during this time we heard reports from all of the events attended or hosted by the NCASC the previous year. We had a short snack break to give everybody time to stand up and stretch. As the 5th and final general session was called to order, the guest speaker, Mr. Judson Laipply was introduced. Once Judson finished his presentation we had a few more reports and the new officer schools were announced. After a long weekend of anticipation we found out that Erwin Middle School with representative Isaac Cawley was elected as NCASC Second Vice President for the 2018-2019 Executive Board. Once all new officers were installed, a farewell address was given and we said our goodbyes to our friends we had made throughout the weekend and began home eager to start implementing the new skills and ideas we had learned throughout the weekend to our council to finish this year even stronger than we started.