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Leadership Opportunities

VSCA has many different opportunities for students to develop their leadership with our organization beyond attending a conference.

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Awards & Recognition

Student leaders, councils, advisers, and administrators are recognized annually through several recognition and award programs.

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Convention & Workshops

Regional leadership workshops and the annual state convention provide opportunities for networking and training for both students and advisers.

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2024 VSCA Convention Highlights

Nearly 500 student leaders and advisors from across the Commonwealth gathered at Courtland High School March 15-16 for the 97th VSCA Convention, which featured the theme, "To VSCA & Beyond: Where Leadership Has No Limits." 

Activities Friday afternoon focused on helping delegates become acquainted with each other, their regions, and the candidates for office with icebreakers and candidate speeches in region meetings and an opening general session. Delegates were treated to a speech by the Virginia Secretary of Education, Aimee Guidera, who recalled being active in the Maryland state student council association when she was a teen and how her involvement inspired her and affected her career. The evening featured a catered recognition banquet where Achievement Award winning schools were recognized. Dr. William Lancaster, principal of Massaponax High School, was recognized as the VSCA Administrator of the Year, and Ms. Lesley Sarver, of Hickory High School, was recognized as the VSCA Advisor of the Year. Following the banquet, a leadership carnival of games that required students to work together in small groups to earn spirit points was held. An Illumination with glow sticks closed out the evening.

Guest speaker Juan Bendana started Saturday off with an inspiring keynote presentation that resonated with both student leaders and advisors. Delegates then chose from a variety of topics for three Learning Lab sessions presented by student leaders, along with sessions just for advisors. A forum with Virginia Board of Education representative Dr. Amber Northern gave delegates an opportunity to express their opinions on several topics. During lunch, each school’s voting representatives voted for new officers. The day concluded with a spirited pep rally and closing session, where the new officers and region representatives were installed.

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Advisor of the Year
Admin of the Year

Ms. Lesley Sarver (left) and Dr. William Lancaster (above) were recognized to their outstanding contributions to and support of student council activities in their school and state.

Advisor & Administrator of the Year Honored

The annual Awards Banquet at the VSCA Convention featured awarding the Advisor of the Year and Administrator of the Year awards.

Congratulations to Lesley Sarver from Hickory High School who received the VSCA Adviser of the Year award. As SCA Adviser for the Hawks, Mrs. Sarver is a trailblazer in the field of student activities and student leadership. She values collaborating with community partners, promoting a positive school climate, and celebrating the students and staff of Hickory High School.

Congratulations to Dr. William Lancaster, principal of Massaponas High School, who received the VSCA Administrator of the Year award. His SCA president wrote of him, "he is extremely supportive of any activities that will help to raise school spirit, and shows initiative in wanting to make Massaponax a better place for everyone."

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