Convention

Due to space restrictions, this conference is only open to MASC member schools.  Non-member schools can be put on a waiting list.  (Membership application link)

Dates: Wednesday, March 25 (3:00 p.m.) – Friday, March 27, 20120 (11:30 a.m.)
Location: Clarion Fontainebleau Resort, Ocean City
Registration Opens: Friday, February 21, 2020
Registration Closes: midnight, Sunday, March 8, 2020
Postmark Deadline: Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Costs: Delegates $250  Advisors $350 (advisor private room $430)

Convention Host: Baltimore County Student Councils (BCSC)

As we continue our MASC 2019-2020 theme of “Lights, Camera, Leadership,”  the 2020 Convention of the Maryland Association of Student Councils (MASC) promises to be a wonderful experience for student leaders from all over the state as students have the opportunity to walk the red carpet for the “final big show” of MASC for the year.

PLEASE NOTE:  SOME OF THE LINKS BELOW are openly shared Google documents – often you cannot access linked documents in Google drives through a school system account – Please consider using a different email whenever you try to access documents.

Highlights:

  • Convention Promo Video
  • Electing the 2020-2021 officers of the Maryland Association of Student Councils
  • Listening to a nationally recognized motivational speaker – Patrick Maurer (link to Patrick Maurer Website) – also workshops for all students and a special workshop for advisors!
  • Exciting and meaningful leadership workshops
  • Networking with student leaders from across the state
  • Legislative action in the MASC General Assemblies
  • Supervised recreation each evening
  • An awards ceremony for Principal and Advisor of the Year as well as the coveted Felix Simon Award for Leadership and Service (and other recognitions for conference hosts and other awards) (see Award Applications – applications closed 2/8/20)

Documents:

LINK FOR REGISTRATION…

is found at the end of this paragraph. Your school must be a MASC member to attend the convention (SchoolMembership). Before registering, you must review the documents above and complete the Registration Worksheet using information gathered from the Housing Request Worksheet and the Workshop Descriptions document. Do NOT attempt to register until you have done this. A completed Registration Worksheet will contain the information required to register your delegation. When you are thus prepared, when registration opens, CLICK HERE. Registration opens Friday, February 21, 2020.

Convention Workshop Application:

Applications to present a workshop at the convention are open to student leaders and advisors. Please be sure to carefully read the criteria as students must have their school’s SGA advisor email Nicete.Moodie@mdstudentcouncils.org and Karen.Crawford@mdstudentcouncils.org  before submitting an application.
• Workshop Application Link  (closes at midnight January 26)

Workshop Application Details:

Students leaders in grades 8–12 are invited to apply (7th graders may apply only if they have MASC certification and present with another certified presenter). The primary student presenter must have presented a workshop at least one time. Preference is given to MASC certified workshop presenters. (NOTE: A school or regional advisor is required to work with the presenters AND be in attendance at the convention presentation). Workshops are limited to three presenters.

YOU MUST HAVE THE PERMISSION OF YOUR SCHOOL ADVISOR. Some schools have many students who wish to present and that limits the other student leaders who are able to attend from your school. Therefore, the school advisor (not regional advisor) must approve your application. The school advisor has the authority to limit the number of workshop applications from his/her school. If you have a co-presenter from another school, the same applies – the advisor MUST approve your participation. Please have your SGA advisor email Nicete.Moodie@mdstudentcouncils.org and Karen.Crawford@mdstudentcouncils.org BEFORE the application deadline. Do not list any co-presenters who do not have their SGA advisor’s permission to present. Applications without advisor written permission (email to the executive directors) will not be considered.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE AT 11:59 p.m., January 26, 2020. We have to have the workshops selected before the registration for the convention opens.

The information below will help you prepare before going online to submit your application. Please review this carefully. If you have questions, email the Executive Directors (Nicete.Moodie@mdstudentcouncils.org and Karen.Crawford@mdstudentcouncils.org).

All workshop presenters and the attending advisor must register for the MASC Convention through the school advisor/administrator. Only students and advisors from MASC member schools may attend the Convention. A list of member schools can be found at the bottom of this site: http://bit.ly/1WJLwSe (If there is additional space, non-member schools may be accepted.) The registration program will not allow your advisor to register if your school is not a member, so be sure to check your school’s membership status.

If your school is not a MASC member, it is not too late to join. The online application, which must be completed by an advisor, can also be found at http://bit.ly/1WJLwSe.

Workshops are 50-minute long and are scheduled during three session times (one on Wednesday evening and two on Thursday). Presenters are generally only scheduled for one or possibly two sessions to allow them the opportunity to attend other workshops or the workshop with the motivational speaker. MASC may also limit the number of workshops accepted in each category in order to offer a wide selection to attendees. Only one workshop per presenter will be accepted due to scheduling issues. Your workshop will be accepted or rejected based on several criteria:

1) Category: MASC is looking for a diversity of workshops centered around nine general categories:
• Leadership [Organization, Teambuilding, Communication]
• Service [Community Service, Charitable Fundraising, Environmental Awareness]
• Scholarship [Mentoring, Tutoring]
• Character [Ethics, Respect, Anti-Bullying]
• Citizenship [Global Citizenship, School Climate, Voter Registration, Rights & Responsibilities]
• Student Engagement [Diversity, Accessibility, Community Involvement]
• Student Voice [Officer Training, Elections, Forums, Advocacy]
• Council Management [Bylaws, Ceremonies, Officer Training, Meeting Management]
• Activities Homecoming, Pep Rallies, Social Events, Spirit Programs, etc.]

2) Completeness of the application: As much information that you can provide about your workshop, the better. Once a workshop is accepted, the title and workshop advertisement cannot be changed.

3) Audience: There are a limited number of workshops for each rotation due to space. It is important to have a wide selection of choices for students in high school AND middle school. Preference will be given to workshops that are appropriate for middle and high school students. In assigning students to workshops, middle and high schoolers will not be mixed in the same workshop session.

IMPORTANT: Once a workshop is accepted, the title and workshop advertisement cannot be changed. If needed, workshop presenters must also supply their own technology equipment (i.e. LCD, computer, speakers, cables to connect a computer to a projector, etc.). The student workshop coordinators will follow up asking for your completed workshop outline and are also available to help with your workshop planning.  Note – if you have a ppt or other electronic presentation, you must provide your own technology.

If you have questions, please email Nicete.Moodie@mdstudentcouncils.org and Karen.Crawford@mdstudentcouncils.org