Massachusetts Association of Student CouncilsMASC is comprised of member schools representing the four regional student councils of Massachusetts: the Southeast, Central District, Northeast, and Western Councils (SEMASC, CDMASC, NEMASC, and WMASC). MASC provides one of the nation’s most highly regarded programs of activities for both middle and high schools, providing a major opportunity for students to learn and apply leadership skills. The MASC Mission Statement: “ MASC is committed to motivating and providing student leaders across the state with opportunities to develop leadership skills so that they can better serve their schools and communities.” While the four regional student councils sponsor a number of events at schools within their own districts during the year, MASC also hosts three major annual events:
Held each fall at The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Officershop marks the beginning of a new year for MASC. Here, officers of local student councils are trained, and the MASC theme for the year is unveiled.
A three-day event held in Hyannis, the annual Spring Conference draws more than 1,000 students to participate in leadership training and organizational activities. In March of 2023, our Student Council was named a MASC Gold Council of Excellence and a James Rokas recipient at the annual Spring Conference. Megan Potenti was formally recognized as the 2023 Henry Sullivan MASC (Massachusetts Association of School Councils) Advisor of the Year Award recipient.
A five-day event held annually at Worcester State College in Worcester, some 300 students participate at the annual Summer Conference in team-building activities designed to carry over into other areas of their lives.National Association of Student CouncilsEstablished in 1931, the National Association of Student Councils (NASC) is the leading organization for excellence at the middle level and high school student councils. NASC provides student councils and their advisers with the knowledge, skills, and resources that students need to become active, engaged leaders in their schools and communities.
Student Council Earns National Recognition
Obtaining the Gold Council of Excellence
for the Fifth Consecutive Year – April 18, 2023
For their exemplary record of leadership, service, and activities that assist the school and community, the Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School (BVT) Student Council has once again been recognized as a 2023 National Gold Council of Excellence by the National Student Council (NatStuCo). It is the fifth consecutive year the council at BVT has earned this top award.
“Exceptional student councils are a hallmark of exceptional schools,” said Ronn Nozoe, CEO of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the parent organization of NatStuCo. “The student council at BVT has taken student leadership to the next level, creating a culture promoting scholarship and citizenship that resonates far beyond their team. I’m delighted to recognize their hard work with the National Gold Council of Excellence Award for their commitment to service, leadership, and uplifting the voices of their peers.”
To meet the National Council of Excellence Award requirements, a student council must meet various criteria, such as crafting a written constitution, conducting regular meetings, and adopting a democratic election process. Additionally, demonstrate successful sponsorship and participation in leadership development and activities that serve its school and community.
"It is an honor to recognize the efforts of our award-winning council," said Superintendent-Director Dr. Michael F. Fitzpatrick. "We are proud of our advisors, Danielle Cann and Megan Potenti, who consistently assist and empower our council members through annual service projects and fundraising efforts such as Thanksgiving meals and a holiday drive that truly make a difference in the lives of our families and community."
It has been an exceptional year for the council, earning recognition at the state level, being named a Gold Council by the Massachusetts Association of Student Councils (MASC), and Megan Potenti, MASC Advisor of the Year.
"Our students continue to amaze me year after year," said Danielle Cann. "I love advising this club. I am lucky to work with an incredible group of students with creative ideas who enjoy collaborating to accomplish goals and create an atmosphere that unifies our school."
2022 – 2023 Student Council Executive Board Members
• Hunter Claflin, President
• Eleanor Poitras, Vice President
• Lizmary Vidal-Sanchez, Secretary
• Bradley Lyon, Treasurer
• Luke Perier, Historian
• Zabel DerKosrofian, Events Coordinator
• Sara Lewis, Publicity Coordinator
• Sarah Flynn, Awards Coordinator
• Katelyn Steele, Evaluation Coordinator
• Maxwell Guyton, Senior Representative
• Laney Beahn, Junior Representative
• Sosie DerKosrofian, Sophomore Representative