Student Government Association Places in Statewide Conference
February 21, 2017 – Nine students from Southeastern Technical College attended, competed and won at the National Technical Honor Society & Statewide Student Government Association Winter Conference at The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga., on Feb. 10-12.
Lester Allen of Millen, Mitchell Barwick and Avilon Brown of Vidalia, Stacy Bohannon of Hazlehurst, Shirley Brown and Michael Harden of Lyons, Paige Dozier of Baxley, Jonathan Flowers and La’Toya Jackson of Swainsboro, along with Southeastern Tech staff, met with their counterparts from across the state, attended leadership-focused seminars and competed in various contests.
STC’s Student Government Association (SGA) received a first place finish in Chapter of the Year. This event highlighted areas of leadership skills, organizational growth, membership experiences and community outreach. Barwick, Bohannon, Harden, Dozier, and Flowers accepted the award as the presentation team. Jonathan Flowers was recognized for serving his term as the 2016-2017 Vice-President on the Georgia Student Government Association State (GSGA) Action Team. Lester Allen was elected as a State Officer on the 2017-2018 Georgia Student Government Association Action Team.
“Being able to attend conferences, networking with other students from around the state, and challenging your abilities are just a few of the benefits of becoming active in student organizations at Southeastern Tech,” said Helen Thomas, an advisor for STC Student Government Association. “The SGA members who attended the 2017 Winter Conference were given the opportunity to develop and challenge their skills in the areas of professionalism, presentation, and speaking. The students worked diligently for weeks to prepare for this event and it showed. We are proud of them all.”
As representatives of the STC student body, the attending students saw learning opportunities in the conference’s “Leadership Skills,” highlighted by keynote speaker, Ms. Cherryl C. Gilbert, Director of Student Support Services at Southern Crescent Technical College.
“The GSGA Winter Conference was a great learning experience about how to grow our organization,” said Paige Dozier. “We were surrounded by strangers from 22 other technical colleges in GA. However, by the end of the weekend retreat, we said goodbye as friends. We learned from one another by sharing ideas and brainstorming together. The icing on the cake was the awards banquet when new state officers were announced and competition winners were recognized.”
These sessions were productive for the SGA members, and with some of the attending members placing in their competitions, the conference as a whole was a positive experience they hope to repeat.
“For me it wasn't just another conference, it was one to remember,” said Flowers, 2016-2017 state officer. “As an outgoing state officer, it was kind of emotional. Knowing that I had worked so hard to accomplish many things during my term as GSGA Vice President and STC SGA President. The best thing, I believe, about the conference was to see my little brother and best friend, Mitchell Barwick, attend his first conference. Not only was he there, but he was also part of the "Chapter of the Year" presentation team. I know that my time in GSGA, as well as STC SGA, has not only made me a better person and leader, but has given me many memories that will last a lifetime. I am glad that I could inspire others such as, Lester Allen, to follow through with his desire to learn and grow. If there was one thing I would want everyone to remember is, no matter what you do in life, always continue to learn.”
For more information on student activities at STC, visit www.southeasterntech.edu or call 912-538-3100 or 478-289-2200.