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How quickly our world has changed.  Last month I shared how nice it was to see so many of you in Grand Rapids at States 2020.  We were certainly fortunate the Amway Grand had to move us up several weeks to February 29 – March 2.  As with most of us,  Zoom have become a regular part of my communication as my meetings now are held digitally instead of in person.  Fellow members of the NAWD Board and state association leaders from across the country have shared the issues involved with having to cancel their state conferences and the uncertainty of summer leadership camps & fall programs…

With the anticipation of a more lengthy school closure it may be time to reassess your continuation of learning plan for students. The digital divide within our state will challenge every district to consider a variety of pathways to student success. In some cases, connectivity and device concerns will require both low tech and high tech options and others will need to be 100% no tech or 100% low tech.  Whichever category your school may fall,  it is important to design a coordinated approach to meet the needs of all students.

Districts who are in need of a learning resource that…

As March begins, snow showers (hopefully) turn to rain showers and flowers begin to bloom; spring has officially begun. The new season signifies a time for rebirth in nature. It is important to us to take this time to look at ourselves critically and evaluate where we are in life.

For me, I am nearing the end of my time in high school and making tough decisions about my future. Others are preparing for standardized tests or juggling various responsibilities and extra curricular activities. Regardless, our day-to-day life can often be overwhelming, and this stress is unhealthy.…

In a society that has taught us to keep our guard up, most people cringe at the word “vulnerability.” Being vulnerable is associated with the risk of being viewed as weak, needy, and emotionally exposed—directly contrasting the culture of heartlessness that is commonly boasted about on social…

It was great seeing so many of you in Grand Rapids at States 2020. The student leaders and advisors from Dakota did an amazing job planning and then providing attendees with a meaningful three days of leadership speakers, workshops and activities. Dave Conlon did a great job in sharing his insights and observations from across the border on role of the advisor. Kevin Sutton’s update on legal issues related to student activities was again well received (and not long enough)! The afternoon of sharing ideas in the Best…

With the first semester of the school year ending and the second semester just starting to begin, I began some self-reflection. This first semester was non-stop. It was probably the most go go go time of my life. As a high school senior, I’ve been trying to slow everything down and absorb the last bit of my high school experience. Being involved in so many things outside of my academics means to-do lists are my best friend. As Student Council President, I try my hardest to have my due dates and to have my schedule set out every week for my council and I to stay informed and on track.…

We’ve come a long way! The First Annual MASC State Convention was held in 1992. It was held at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel and was hosted by Swartz Creek High School. About 400 students and advisors from around the state spend two days sharing ideas and learning from each other. On February 29th  more than 2200 student leaders and their advisors will be gathering in Grand Rapids for our organization’s 29th Annual State Conference.

With the holiday break coming to an end, we are all finding ourselves in different places in our lives. Some of us are excited to start our new journey at college whereas others of us are trying to push through to find motivation for our upcoming finals. It can seem like a lot is being thrown at you to do both in and out of school it is a busy time of year. Wherever you might find yourself it is important to keep in mind the idea of grit. 

During this time of year I often times find it difficult to find motivation. It is important to keep in mind that what’s most important is…