Johnson County students and advisers took the annual Wyoming Association of Student Councils state convention by storm earlier this month, according to Buffalo High School’s student council adviser, Tracie Kirven.
“It was really a pleasure to see all of our Johnson County students step up and get acknowledged for their hard work,” Kirven said. “I’m really proud of how well they all represented the Johnson County School District.”
The WASC meeting was held in Casper on Nov. 12 and 13. Kirven brought eight Buffalo High School students to the event, while Kaycee School’s council adviser Dustin Sipe brought 11 students. The annual state convention is composed of workshops, awards and elections for WASC office. The students also do some fundraising for charity and raised over $16,000 this year for Make-A-Wish Wyoming, Kirven said.
Two BHS students ran for state office this year, with Tim Clason seeking the job of regional representative and Hollis Mantle running for state secretary. While Clason was defeated in his bid, Mantle emerged triumphant, Kirven said. Mantle is the first BHS student elected to state office in the school’s history
As state secretary, Mantle will be responsible for helping the president and vice president plan next year’s state convention, Kirven said. She will also help write all WASC newsletters for the next year.
“I can absolutely see why the students felt Hollis was right for this position,” Kirven said. “She is an engaging and hardworking student, and she is going to do a great job and be a great representative of Buffalo.”
Kaycee High School’s Mataya Sipe and Wesley Gosney also ran for state office this year. While Sipe was defeated in her bid as state president, Gosney was elected as regional representative.
Mantle’s election wasn’t the only BHS first at the event, Kirven said. Seren Chapin was the first Buffalo student to be selected for All-State Student Council. Only 15 students from across the state receive the honor each year in recognition of their dedication to their school and council.
“Seren has been very involved in our school and community for the past three and a half years,” Kirven said. “Along with her friend group, she has essentially run our student council for the past three years, so it was great to see her recognized.”
Kaycee student Shelly Ramirez was also selected for All-State Student Council this year, according to Sipe.
BHS student Marie Ihnat was honored as a “hidden hero,” according to Kirven. Ihnat helps manage the student council’s social media accounts and is an integral part of the council, Kirven said.
“She’s at every event, and she works really hard in her own way to make our school great,” Kirven said. “We were glad she could be honored.”
Kaycee High School’s Jade Maya was also honored as a “hidden hero” for her behind-the-scenes dedication to the student council.
Both the Kaycee and Buffalo councils were named Honor Councils with Meritorious Distinction during the convention.
Kirven was also honored as the state’s Student Council Adviser of the Year. Kirven, who has advised the council for the past seven years alongside Tiffany Songer and Chris Cox, was nominated by her students.
“I was really honored, but I was even more excited to see how well our students did this year,” Kirven said. “A big part of being the adviser is helping your students be the best they can be, and it was great to see them display their full potential this year.”