Leadership, networking among key points of 2022 State Student Council Convention

RAPID CITY, S.D. — High school students packed into The Monument’s theatre for the annual State Student Council Convention on Monday.

Signs Displayed In The Monument For Students Running For State Council PositionsOver two days, student government members networked with peers from across the state, heard from guest speakers, and gained new leadership insight.

The event has been going on for the past 35 years, back in-person after being online through the pandemic. Over sixty schools were in attendance, each bringing their study body government for a chance to represent their region or even state.

“The state board– their responsibility is to plan this convention,” Watertown High School Student Council Advisor, Garrett Priest said. “So they spend the whole year planning out who the speakers are going to be, what the schedule’s going to be like. All the way down to what are we going to eat for lunch.”

New to attending the convention this year was Red Cloud High School from Pine Ridge. Students were grateful for the opportunity to attend and eager to share their experiences with the rest of the state.

“It’s a step towards bringing in new ideas and opening the world to what us as Native and Indigenous youth have to say,” Junior Representative for Red Cloud High School Student Council, Devin Hernandez said. “And we’re really excited to connect with all of these youth communities across the South Dakota nation because for a long time I feel like we might have been excluded a little bit, but now we are here. We are here to say what we have to say, and really bring that new perspective.”

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