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Two Northwood students attend NASC conference

By Pam Rigsbee
Posted Tuesday, July 12, 2005

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Pittsboro, NC - Northwood High School sophomore Hart Wallace Phillips and senior Tyler Mason were two of 1,800 student council leaders and student activity advisers who recently attended the sixty-ninth annual National Association of Student Councils (NASC) National Conference. The conference was held June 25-29 at Collinsville High School in Collinsville, IL.

Northwood High School sophomore Hart Wallace Phillips and senior Tyler Mason

The NASC, administered by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), offers leadership training at its conferences and focuses on turning student leaders into lifelong leaders. Delegates were also involved with a community service project for St. Jude's Children's Hospital in building bears for hospitalized children.

Phillips is the son of Michael Phillips and Carol Lee Bresky. While at Northwood High School, he has held the position of freshman senator and is currently a sophomore senator on the student council. He has been an art club member, and runs cross-country. Mason is the son of Richard and Deborah Mason and has been a senator since his sophomore year. Mason currently serves as First-Vice President for the North Carolina Association of Student Councils (NCASC) and Mason is Northwood's representative on the (NCASC) Executive Board. He is also a member of the varsity football team.

Phillips and Mason were trained in basic and advanced leadership, communication skills, and dealing with diversity. They participated in discussions on issues relevant to today's youth as well as an idea exchange with other leaders from across the country. “These young leaders are the heads of their student councils, bands, student newspapers, debate teams and other co-curricular activities,” said Rocco Marano, director of the NASC. “This conference will sharpen their leadership abilities and teach them skills that will help them be a greater support to their peers and the community.”

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