Welcome back to what I hope is an exceptional school year for all student leaders and advisors across the state. I love the return to school when everyone is energized and focused for a new year. You truly have the power to make the 2015-16 school year the best year ever! Harness the leader within you and begin to take action today to make a positive difference in your schools and communities.
My name is Jane Suberg and I am currently the Principal and Student Council Advisor at Highwood High School in Highwood, Montana. I am honored to have the opportunity to serve student council members and advisors across Montana as the MASC Executive Director. MASC is and will always be a work-in-progress…always growing, evolving, and changing. One of the MASC Executive Board’s goals, as well as my own, is to respond to the needs of our local student council members and advisors across the state. To that end, we need your help. If you have suggestions that might help guide MASC in its efforts to support student councils, please let us know. The MASC Executive Board is working diligently to accomplish the goals it established the past couple of years. But there is much that can be done in an organization like ours.
With many opportunities for growth ahead of us, we invite you to be a partner in that growth. Please contact your district advisor or me at any time with ideas, questions, or concerns. I am willing to serve you in any way that I can. I hope to meet many of you personally and look forward to hearing from you.
Thanks for your support as we continue this leadership journey together.
"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." - John F. Kennedy
The Montana Association of Student Councils is an organization whose mission is to offer support to student councils in Montana and to provide educational leadership training opportunities for member schools, their students, and advisors. MASC offers leadership training experiences, resources, and networking opportunities for students and advisors across Montana. Our organization is affiliated with the National Association of Student Councils (NASC).
STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE TO THE MONTANA BOARD OF PUBLIC EDUCATION
Attention Student Leaders: Student Representative Applications are being accepted for the 2020-21 School year at this time. Any Montana student interested in learning more about school policy, in representing all Montana students, and with the desire to be a student leader within the state are encouraged to apply.
The current student rep to the Montana Board of Public Education, Paris Becker (Fairfield High School), is in her second (and final) term on the Montana Board of Public Education. On behalf of MASC and all the students across Montana, we thank Molly for her commitment and dedication to the board.
Paris followed Molly DeMarco, a Great Falls High student who also served two years on the Board. This position requires an articulate student who is able to listen, observe, and provide input on issues regarding educational policy in Montana. The Student Representative serves a one year term, at which point the MASC Executive Board may opt to either extend the student’s tenure for a second one-year term or open the selection process once again.
Attached below is the application and job description for the student rep position.
Applicants must appear before the MASC Executive Board for an interview on Sunday, March 15, 2020 in Lewistown.
If you are a student leader interested in one day serving as the Student Representative or would like more information, please contact either current Student Representative Paris Becker firstname.lastname@example.org Jane Suberg at email@example.com.
Dues are $125 per school per year. If your school hasn’t been to the conference in at least five (5) years, we want you back! Your school’s fee will be waived! Sign your school up so you can attend the state conference!
2019 Conference Forms
Online 2019 MASC School Registration – REGISTRATION DEADLINE is Wednesday, October 16! Advisors only need to submit one registration form for all the students they are registering! If a paper form is necessary, please
BUSINESS RESOLUTION FORM 2019 – Students are welcome to write a resolution for the MASC business session to consider during its session during the conference.
THE 2019 MASC CHALLENGE – Click here for the form! – Schools participating in the conference are encouraged to make a donation to the Montana Make-A-Wish Foundation. MASC has sponsored this challenge for years, providing tens of thousands of dollars to this inspiring statewide charity. Some schools raise money for the foundation, while others donate some of their school funds to the cause. However your school approaches this activity, MASC Challenges you and your school to help this worthwhile charity! Recognition for school contributions are made during the conference. There will also be some “Bucket Challenges” during the conference. Participants are encouraged to bring small bills and change to contribute into their district’s bucket during the “Bucket Challenges!”
The General Assembly of Montana Student Leaders participating an MASC 2015 Keynote Address in Great Falls.
The National Anthem at the opening of the 62nd Annual MASC Conference in Great Falls (2015).
A student leader from Helena taking positive risks during a workshop session, 2015.
Any questions? Please click on the Contact Us link in the top menu bar of this website and our Executive Director Jane Suberg will help you out!
Explore your leadership potential! High-achieving students who are ready to step forward as leaders are welcome to join us at the following conferences throughout the year. At these events, students are inspired and empowered to enhance their critical leadership skills through the hands-on practice of communication, conflict resolution, decision making, goal setting, project planning, team building and more!
In these programs, join your high-achieving peers from throughout the region and the nation to gain the real-world leadership experiences and skills you need to succeed in college and in your future career. You will be empowered to emerge as an influential voice in your community, state and even at the national level. Explore your interests, enlarge your perspective and hone the skills you need to become an influential leader in the 21st century. Attending these programs gives students the edge they need to continue on the path to success in high school, in college, in future careers and throughout life. Attending and participating at these conferences offers motivated students the opportunity to discover new passions, realize strengths, and plan for the future. We hope to see you there!
Past MASC Conference Hosts and Themes
(Email firstname.lastname@example.org to better populate this directory):
2019, Belgrade/Bozeman: Theme TBD
2018, Laurel and Park City: “UnMASC Your Inner Leader”
2017, Helena: “Capitalize Upon Your Leadership!”
2016, Glasgow: “S.C.A.R.E.: Student Councils Aspiring to Reach Excellence!”
2015, Great Falls: “Electrify Your Leadership!”
2014, Laurel: “MASC: Color Outside the Lines”
2012, Helena: “Leadership: The Ultimate Journey”
2011, Glasgow: “The Drive for Leadership!”
2010, Great Falls: “Wild About Leadership!”
2004, Helena: “Rockin’ 50 Years of Leadership!” 50th Annual State Convention
2002, Lewistown: “What if…? The Possibilities Are Endless”
Annual State Convention
Information about our next conference is provided on this page – just scroll up!
NASC National Conference
The NASC National Conference brings together student council members and their advisers from around the country for a three-day inspirational event of interstate networking, seminars and workshops on leadership, service training, and 21st century skills! Learn more at nascconference.org
LEAD Conferences offer experiential leadership skills development at an affordable price to students and advisers of the National Honor Society, the National Junior Honor Society, the National Association of Student Councils, and the Tri-M Music Honor Society. Learn more at leadconferences.org
"Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better." - Bill Bradley
A number of years ago, the Make-A-Wish Foundation was chosen as MASC’s state charity. To date, MASC has given thousands of dollars to the charitable organization. Once again, student councils across the state are being asked to participate in the 2015 MASC Challenge by making a donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation at the state conference.
If your school chooses to participate in the challenge but cannot attend the state conference, donations can be sent to Jane Suberg. Checks should be made to Highwood School with Make-A-Wish noted in the memo. The Executive Director of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Montana, Stevie Moe, has been to our conference to personally thank the schools across our state that help support this very important cause and to personally accept our donations.
"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." - Benjamin Franklin
The Horatio Alger Association has designated one of their scholarships to be awarded to a student leader whose school is both an NASC member and a member of the state student council organization. The NASC scholarship requires answering additional questions specific to student leadership. When completing the online application, students will be prompted to answer additional questions when they indicate they are members of student council.
Application deadlines can be viewed on the website. Applicants must meet the Horatio Alger Foundation scholarship criteria (there are special requirements for Montana students) to be eligible and must demonstrate integrity, perseverance in overcoming adversity, strength of character, financial need, a good academic record, commitment to pursue a college education, and a desire to contribute to society. Please share this information with your Guidance Department and student leaders who you feel may qualify for this outstanding scholarship opportunity.
Horatio Alger Scholarship
One Scholarship, Endless Opportunities – receive up to $21,000 for college!
Montana Scholarship recipients must attend the University of Montana or one of its affiliates, which include: University of Montana at Missoula, Missoula College, Helena College, Montana Tech at Butte, The University of Montana Western at Dillon or Montana State University or one of its affiliates, which include:
Montana State University at Bozeman
Montana State University Billings
Montana State University Northern at Havre
Great Falls College MSU