Student councils from both Kaycee School and Buffalo High School received the highest honor possible at the Wyoming Association of Student Councils convention in Sheridan last month.
Both councils were named “Honor Councils with Meritorious Distinction” at the 64th annual WASC convention on Nov. 18 and 19. To receive the award, councils must meet various requirements related to membership in WASC, membership in National Student Council and community outreach. Only nine of 54 councils in the state received this distinction, according to Kaycee School student council adviser Dustin Sipe.
Numerous BHS and KHS students ran for state office this year, with BHS junior Hollis Mantle elected state vice president.
In 2018, Mantle was the first student in BHS history to be elected to state office when her peers elected her state secretary. As state vice president, Mantle will perform the duties of the president in his absence, oversee the activities of all WASC committees and perform any duties delegated by the president or WASC’s executive board.
BHS student Trevor Rasmuson was elected the WASC student council representative for northeast Wyoming at the convention.
Three of the 15 students in the state who were selected for All-State Student Council call Johnson County home. Buffalo High School’s Mantle and Keegan Hansen Bennett McDonnell and Kaycee School’s Mataya Sipe were all recognized. Only 15 students from across the state receive the honor each year in recognition of their dedication to their schools and councils.
Each school had a student recognized as a “hidden hero” this year. BHS’ Massimo Haas and Kaycee School’s Wesley Gosney were each recognized for their important “behind-the-scenes” contributions to their councils and schools.
“Mass was awarded Hidden Hero because he … always shows up to help, gives his best effort, but does not always do the things that get noticed,” BHS student council adviser Tiffany Songer said. “He is more a behind-the-scenes person, but is … valuable to our team.”
“While Wesley got elected as State Central Region Rep last year at WASC, he actually lost his campaign for reporter in our school,” Sipe said. “But instead of letting it get him down, he was a high-functioning member of our leadership group at Kaycee and put in a lot of extra hours to make our council operate at a high level with very little recognition.”
BHS’s Mantle, McKinley Kessler and Jac Stowe and KHS’ Sipe and Gosney led workshops at the conference, according to Songer and Sipe.
“Buffalo High School student council represented our school very well at WASC,” Songer said. “Everyone was awesome.”
Sipe agreed that both schools did their county proud this year.
“I am very proud of the Kaycee student council,” Sipe said.