CHS Student Council Attends MASC Leadership Conference

On Wednesday, May 20, 2015 thirty-three Calais Middle and High School Student Council members, along with a few local delegates from the SCRTC NTHS, CHS NHS, and the class of 2015, traveled to Brewer to attend the annual MASC Leadership Conference.  After breakfast snacks, the conference was kicked off by Steve Gerety’s motivational speech, which focused on passion, the effects of a positive attitude, personal value, and the difference one can create by embracing these attributes.

Following this, Mayez Travis, current MASC State President, presented a check in the amount of $2388 to representatives from Camp Postcard (Police Officers Striving To Create And Reinforce Dreams), a week-long camp for fifth and sixth graders from Maine.  The goal of this camp is to help kids build relationship, learn life skills, change perceptions of law enforcement, reduce high school dropout rates, and improve literacy and college acceptance rates.  All of this money was raised by stu-co reps who participated in a polar dip during the state conference at Camp Kieve in October 2014.  In recognition of their efforts, all “dippers” received a commemorative t-shirt and were immortalized in a photo-op.

Following this was a presentation regarding Camp CaPella, located on Philips Lake, in Dedham, Maine, which works in conjunction with the University of Maine and the Chewonki Foundation.  This camp’s philosophy is that all campers, regardless of abilities, will enjoy a program that offers recreation, learning experiences, and an opportunity to discover and strengthen their abilities – while living with their disabilities.  Activities that foster self-awareness, personal growth, and development are designed to provide quality life-experiences for people with disabilities and their families attending their year-round recreational and educational experiences included in the camp’s programs.  The MASC has selected this worthy foundation as its state charity for 2015-2016.  Once again student council representatives will endure the icy waters of Lake Damariscotta during its annual State Conference which will be held in November 2015.   

Next came the award ceremonies.  Members of the MASC executive board were recognized for their efforts in planning, organizing, and overseeing the yearly conferences.  From Calais these included:  Mayez Travis, state president; Caitlin Reynolds, state vice president; Mackenzie LaPointe, middle school state representative; John LaPointe, outgoing Eastern Regional president; and Dominic Gayton, outgoing state president.  Also recognized were advisors Jan Stanchfield and Lori Ellis.  Special consideration and appreciation was given to Mrs. Stanchfield who will be retiring this year, which will conclude her 14 year stint as CMS advisor.  Next CHS and CMS were lauded as Honor Councils while John LaPointe was given the MASC scholarship.

To those unfamiliar with student council, only 3 councils across the state were conferred the honor of being recognized as an Honor Council; TWO of these trophies came home to Calais!  Of the money raised for the state charity Camp Postcard, Calais raised $1700 of it!  Regarding the scholarship, only two applicants were considered; both were from Calais!  Of the eight members of the MASC executive board, FIVE were from Calais!