PASCO, Wash.-- More than one thousand high schoolers from across the state are gathering in the Tri-Cities this weekend.
The 32nd Annual Washington Association of Student Councils Conference, WASC, is taking place at Chiawana High School in Pasco.
The students are very excited for the conference. They're making the trip from 89 different high schools, from all corners of the state, to learn about how to make their school a better place. Students and faculty at Chiawana say it's a big honor to host this major conference.
These kids are pumped to spend their weekend at school. High school leaders from student councils and clubs arrived at Chiawana High School Friday for the WASC conference that's just as much fun as it is informative.
"I've been to WASC three times and I think that every year I've learned something new that I can make my school better at," said Brandie Kulmus, student conference co-chair.
Conference chairperson and school advisor, Sarah DeLuc, said a lot of hard work went into the event.
"It's a huge thing for my students and I. We've been planning it for two years and so the fact that we were recognized two years ago as being an up and coming program is really exciting to us," said DeLuc.
This year's theme is Catching the Dream.
Student-run workshops will share advice on all types of topics from community service events, fundraisers and spirit ideas. Guest speakers Will also deliver inspiring messages on how to achieve your goals.
"Each day has a sub-theme, dream it, believe it, achieve it. The kids can reflect and think back to what they want to see happen not only in themselves but at their school," said DeLuc.
"You're going to look within yourself. So I think that's one of the biggest parts of WASC. You grow from it," said Ilennis Martinez student conference co-chair.
Organizing this event is no small feat. It actually involves years of preparation by the school and the community. With each year that passes at WASC, the hope is that students leave feeling like they can make an impact.
"The most important take away is for them to look at themselves as leaders and look at where they are and where they can be and find areas to grow," said DeLuc.
Over 300 families are providing homestays for out of town students. The conference continues through Sunday.