ROCK SPRINGS — Western Wyoming Community College and Rock Springs High School jointly hosted the 65th Wyoming Association of Student Councils’ yearly state convention at Western this week.
The Wyoming Association of Student Councils (WASC) is a non-profit member association for Wyoming high schools. The Convention saw over 670 student council delegates from 58 schools on campus. The event featured keynote speaker Caleb Campbell, a Native American Dancer, and presentations by Make a Wish Foundation, Vitalint Blood Drive, WYOTalk, and Western.
Western’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee and the Student Life Department co-sponsored a Native American Jingle Dress Dancer, Delaina Becenti. The 18-year-old from Green River, Wyoming brought awareness about Native American culture and hardships to the students of WASC, Western students, and staff. Becenti spoke about her culture and performed two dances that are performed in the indigenous culture for healing.
Keynote speaker Caleb Campbell, lieutenant in the United States Army and NFL linebacker, spoke to WASC and Western students about the state of mental health in the United States.
He described his struggles with coming to terms with depression and feelings of self-doubt that led him to a dark place in life. He was able to find his “authentic” self and now helps the Teen Truth organization by sharing his experiences with students all around the country.
“We were excited to host the annual WASC conference in Rock Springs this year with the help of the Student Councils from Rock Springs High School, Green River High School, and Farson-Eden High School,” said Amberlee Beardslee. “We were amazed at the turnout of student leaders from all over the state of Wyoming and deeply appreciate the partnership with Western Wyoming Community College to be able to host the conference on their beautiful college campus and provide the students with a college experience.”
WASC attendees were able to learn about Western’s student clubs, academic programs, and support services to showcase opportunities offered by the College. Students received a campus tour, including tours of housing. They also had a chance to experience the College’s dining services by eating in Mitchell’s Dining Hall.
“The WASC students brought such positive energy and enthusiasm to the conference. It was exciting to see their professionalism and how much they care about the governance of Wyoming high schools,” said Dr. Dustin Conover, Dean of Students at Western.