A Note From The President
Hello WASC! My name is Thomas Aiken, this year I will be a senior at Whitefish Bay High School, and I am honored to serve for my second year as your WASC SHS State President! I have been involved in the WASC for 6 years now, and the difference this organization has made in my life is truly irreplaceable. From attending my first year of summer leadership camp in sixth grade, I have changed as a person, a leader, a student, an athlete, a friend, and a brother. Over the years, I have attended state conferences, ran for regional and state offices, and – most importantly – made so many great, new friends along the way. The WASC gave me the confidence to pursue my dreams, get more involved in my school and community, and help others on their leadership pursuit as well.
That first year of summer leadership camp, I set a goal: WASC SHS State President. Last year, I realized that goal, and I learned so much about leading this organization and serving our incredible members in every way possible. I cannot wait to apply my experience again this year by building off the governing board’s work last year to discover, develop, and involve the student leaders of Wisconsin as we strive to make a difference in the WASC in this next school year and beyond. My first goal in my new position will be a focus on communication. We must as councils, as regions, and as a state communicate more effectively in order to succeed. Utilizing email, Facebook, and personal phone calls, our organization has set a goal to not only reach out to more new member schools, but also keep our current member schools more informed and involved. We want to hear from you. What are your ideas? Where can the WASC improve? What do you want for your $100 membership fee? These answers are the key to our organization moving forward.
Outside of student council, I have many other interests as well! I am a dedicated team captain for the Whitefish Bay High School hockey team as well as the president of the National Honor Society. I love to listen to music, play sports, and watch movies! The WASC has taught me over the years that leadership does not stop with student council – leadership is a way of life! Activities like these within my school and community are where I really see my WASC experience shine through and remind me how much the WASC has changed my life over the years.
I am confident you will have a life-changing experience just as I have in the WASC. We, the WASC Governing Board, have a great group of leaders ready to take this organization to the next level through dedication, involvement, and listening to your fresh perspective! You make all the difference! Thank you for your leadership in your schools, communities, and our organization. Your work is greatly appreciated, and I cannot wait to work with you all in the year ahead as we continue pushing the WASC forward!
Thomas Aiken – SHS State President & Region IV SHS President
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