Region VI Had the Whole Plate of Green Eggs and Ham
This past Tuesday, November 13, the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells was filled for the second time this year by student leaders from all over the state. The first being the Leadership Institute and most recently the Region VI Fall Summit.
This marks a change from years past, where the summit was held at the Chula Vista Resort. Judging from the mood of the room, everyone seemed to be happy with the change. Proximity to main roads, better food, and a more centralized meeting area all were major improvements over the last venue.
This year’s host was Wisconsin Dells High School and they did an amazing job, especially because it was their first time hosting and because they experienced an advisor change since they signed up to host. The summit featured a colorful Dr. Seuss theme; all attendees were impressed by the ten-foot-tall Lorax that greeted everyone as they entered the main meeting/eating area. The dynamic Patrick Maurer, the keynote speaker, was quick to incorporate the theme into his speech. (It turns out he is an avid Seuss fan.) He energized and inspired the crowd with his urge to “take the leap” and try things that make you uncomfortable through his balance of humor and intensity.
After the speech, the conference split off into the sectionals. Sectionals varied from informative to just plain fun. A music trivia sectional was fun yet challenging, a sectional that taught WASC songs was good for the many first-timers attending, and a sectional was done by the regional officers to inform people about upcoming WASC events and how to run for office.
Once back to the main room and re-energized by a fresh round of songs, a fun challenge was put on by the hosts. “Fox in Socks” had everyone laughing as different schools attempted to read the Seuss tongue-twister in the most interesting way possible. The Baraboo reader, who translated it into Russian, was crowned champion over many creative readings.
All present would agree that the conference was a complete success. Everyone left with bellies full of delicious food and minds full of great ideas to take back to their home councils.
Region VI SHS Vice-President
Baraboo Senior High School