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Maine Student Council State Conference

May 18, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

“Becoming the Leaders of the Future:  Preserving Our Mental Health for A Better Tomorrow”

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Virtual – Zoom



9:00 – 9:10 a.m. ~ Welcome

9:10 – 9:40 a.m. ~ “You Are Not Alone:  Facing the Future Together” with Keynote Speaker:  Kristel Thyrring, NAMI, Maine’s Youth Programs Director

9:40 – 9:50 a.m. ~ Break

9:50 – 10:15 a.m. ~ Workshop Options #1

10:20 – 10:45 a.m. ~ Workshop Options #2

10:50 – 11:00 a.m. ~ Break

11:00 – 11:15 a.m. ~ Candidate Speeches

11:15 – 11:25 a.m. ~ Student Council Discussions and Vote

11:25 – 11:45 a.m. ~ Gallery Walk

11:45 a.m. ~ Wrap Up




About the Program:   Self-care is not a luxury; self-care is a vital component to our mental health and wellbeing.  As leaders among your peers, you have the responsibility to lead by example and prioritize taking care of your own mental health as well as supporting a help-seeking culture.  Reducing the stigma of discussing mental health and having honest conversations with each other can positively impact every one of us.  We will discuss what role mental health plays in our wellbeing and how to be a connector to help by noticing changes in our peers.

Autobiography from the Keynote Speaker:

Kristel Thyrring, NAMI Maine’s Youth Programs Director, is committed to the support, education, and advocacy of Maine’s youth.  With a degree in Social Science, maintaining a license in social work, and a professional history in child welfare, Thyrring comes to us ready to discuss the mental wellness, resources, and why we need to know more.  Thyrring has a passion for bettering the lives of Maine’s young people and helping them successfully transition to adulthood.


The Maine Association of Student Councils (MASC) wishes to welcome all to the State Conference.  MASC, with a student led executive committee and sponsored by the Maine Principals’ Association, has developed a plan to transform leadership opportunities for Maine students.  Student council provides an opportunity for students to lead their schools in a positive and active style.  We provide guidance at the local, regional, state, and national levels. 
The theme for the 2022 conference is “Becoming the Leaders of The Future:  Preserving Our Mental Health for A Better Tomorrow.”  The State Conference is a half-day live virtual event with the opportunities for students to hear from a keynote speaker, have a chance to learn from our workshops, and elect the 2022-2023 officers for the Maine Student Council Advisory Committee.
Your student council can be part of the exciting activities in your school.
At the Live Virtual State Conference, we will hear speeches from the 2022-2023 Maine Student Council Officers.  If you have a student who may be interested in running for an office, the following positions will be available: 1.) MASC Vice-President (can be in any high school grade); 2.) MASC President-Elect (must be a junior in high school, to then be President their senior year); 3.) Middle School/Junior High School Representative, and 4.) High School Representative.  We will also need the following from each region to serve on the Maine Student Council Board:  1.) Regional Presidents (North, South, East, West, and Central); 2.) Regional Secretaries (North, South, East, West, and Central); and 3.) Middle School/Junior High School Representatives (North, South, East, West, and Central). 
Each Student Council will have an opportunity to participate in a “Gallery Walk.”  This is where each council can share what your local Student Council has done throughout the year.  This can be a 3–5-minute presentation or a 3–5-minute conversation during the conference.
Executive Board:  Avery Ell, President  ~  Max Provencher, Vice President  ~  Cassondra Heath, Secretary  ~  Eleanor Young, High School Southern Maine Representative  ~  Ellie Curtis, High School Central Maine Representative


May 18, 2022
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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