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PASC News Inside This Issue News & Notes...................... 2 • Resource Development Coordinator Position Created • Job Posting for PASC Executive Director It’s Not Too Late for 2012 Summer Camp Experience with PASC ............................. 2 Open Houses at Summer Workshops .......................... 3 State Conference Workshop Presenters Needed.............. 3 Summer PASC Conference Checklist ............................... 4 Come Put the Pieces Together at Activity Advisor Seminar................................... 4 Shannon Sullivan Reports on Her Final SBE Meeting ....... 5 How to Host a Mini-THON........................... 6

Volume 36 Issue 10 June 2012

New Castle Gears Up for PASC State Conference By Kristina Riggans, PASC State President We cannot wait for you to join us and “Ignite Yourself, Your School, and Your Community to Serve Others!” This is such a tremendous opportunity for Union and Laurel High Schools to come together to host the PASC 2012 State Conference. With only 494 students in grades 5–12 from Union, and only 675 students in grades 7–12 from Laurel, this is a huge job for our small schools. We are meeting this job head on and making the 76th PASC State Conference a great and beneficial experience

for all. One thing we’ve done to ensure this is to schedule three phenomenal keynote speakers, Matt Emerzian, Heather Schultz, and Ian Tyson. Matt Emerzian is the coauthor of a book titled Every Monday Matters: 52 Ways to Make a Difference. Matt graduated from UCLA with an MBA. His book focuses on promoting the idea that people have power and that they matter. He engages people in this movement through a YOU

MATTER campaign, a weekly news column, YOU MATTER K–12 school curriculum, viral videos, and his YOU MATTER Corporate Social-Responsibility Program. His main goal is to have people recognize the fact that no matter how big or small their actions may be, they matter. He will be speaking on how, through working together with friends and family, you can make a difference in people’s lives and community. continued on page 3

Plan Now for Horatio Alger Scholarship Opportunities Juniors (Class of 2013) and educators are encouraged to visit programs for details about the Horatio Alger association and its scholarships. Applications for the 2013 scholarships will be available online from August 1 to October 30, 2012. In addition, the Horatio Alger Association has partnered with the National Association of Student Councils to provide a $20,000 national scholarship to a member of Student Council who meets the qualifications for the Horatio Alger Award and whose school is a member of both NASC and PASC.

Information about this scholarship will be available on August 1 at and on the Horatio Alger website. In 2012, 53 Pennsylvania seniors received a total of $310,000 in Horatio Alger Scholarships. These scholarships provide assistance to seniors who have demonstrated integrity, perseverance in overcoming adversity, strength of character, financial need, a good student record, commitment to pursue a college education, and a desire to contribute to society. Advisors: please share this information with your guidance counselors and administrators before school ends.

News & Notes Resource Development Coordinator Position Created In an effort to widen the search for leadership development scholarships for students and for grants that will benefit PASC’s program outreach, the PASC Executive Board created a position of Resource Development Coordinator. This volunteer position will be filled on an interim basis by PASC District 12 Director Chris Seifert of Bishop McDevitt High School-Wyncote. The goal will be to fill the position, which has a three-year term, through interviews of interested advisors or other adults during the PASC Executive Board meeting to be held in Hanover, PA, August 3–4, 2012. The job description is posted at and can also be obtained by emailing Several key aspects of the position include: • Researching foundation, government, and corporate grant opportunities, product donations, and fundraising activities • Preparing applications for all grant opportunities according to the individual organization guidelines but consistent with PASC mission and principles; including the collection of all supporting grant application materials such as but not limited to letters of support, audited financial statements, summer workshop and conference promotional materials and curriculum, media coverage, and resumes of Board members

Although the early-bird registration deadline has passed, it’s not too late to register for one of PASC’s summer leadership workshops. The deadline to register is June 8th though, so time is running out! The application, Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) sheet, sample daily schedule, and curriculum benchmarks for this summer’s camps can be found on the PASC website at Please note the following dates and locations and begin planning now for students to attend in July. Blue (Grades 7–9) • Grove City College July 8–12 $365 • Lebanon Valley College July 29–August 2 $365 Gold (Grades 9–12) Grove City College July 15–20 $390 Susquehanna University July 29–August 3 $385 Advanced Gold (Grades 11–12) University of Pittsburgh/Johnstown, July 15–21 $475

• Monitoring the appropriate media exposure of all funding agents in line with all memorandums of understanding and/ or grant agreements

To get an idea of what a great experience the PASC Summer Workshops are, take a look at a video about them on You Tube by going to watch?v=7A-kX8vGGoU. You won’t want to miss out on all the fun, so be sure to register by June 8.

• Maintaining appropriate communication with funding agents with timely updates and accomplishments.

Application Deadline: Postmarked Friday, June 8th

• Tracking the outcomes of all grant funded programs and initiatives for grant reporting purposes and future grant applications

Job Posting for PASC Executive Director According to the PASC Constitution the term of office of Executive Director is three years. The present term ends on December 31, 2012. Anyone may apply for PASC leadership positions. Candidates interested in this position can obtain a complete job description from PASC Assistant Executive Director Kathy Coll at 174 Link Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15237 (412-366-5744) or by emailing The Executive Director will serve on the PASC Executive Board from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2015. Interested applicants must submit a cover letter and resume to Kathy no later than July 1, 2012. The PASC Executive Board will conduct interviews of applicants at the August board meeting (August 3–4, 2012) in Hanover, PA. 2

It’s Not Too Late for 2012 Summer Camp Experience with PASC

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PASC SUMMER WORKSHOPS The Best Part of the Summer Begins with You! For another great experience, mark your calendars now and join us in New Castle

November 1–3, 2012 for the

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Your Student Leadership!

Open Houses at Summer Workshops Not sure what PASC Summer Workshop is all about? COME CHECK US OUT! Have lunch on us and see what our student delegates are doing! Can’t stay all day? No problem—join us for lunch! For a tentative schedule of a day (9:00 a.m–4:00 p.m), visit Please call or email the director of the workshop that you would like to visit one week in advance so that they can plan to meet with you and provide you directions to find the workshop on campus. Advisors are welcome to come any day to the program, but suggested days for a workshop visit are Monday through Wednesday for Blue and Monday through Thursday for Gold. Contact information for Directors:

Grove City Blue Rose Ann Fulena 724-971-4599

Lebanon Valley Blue Melissa Raybuck 724-859-3925

Grove City Gold Bryan Shelly


Susquehanna Gold Andy Costanzo


Advanced Gold Kathy Coll Sebastian

412-445-4193 kcoll1@comcast.netBill 412-559-1456

New Castle Gears Up (cont’d from pg. 1) Our second speaker, Heather Schultz, has been recognized as one of the top motivational speakers for youth in America. She lives in Atlanta, GA. She was born in Michigan and was always interested and stood out in performing. As a sophomore in college she received a call being asked to enter a program that, up until that point, had only hired adults. Heather did workshops for this organization, but found her true calling when she did her first professional keynote-speaking workshop in 1989. In 1991she decided to become a fulltime

professional speaker, focusing on leadership, personal power, anti-bullying, drug and alcohol prevention, positive choices, and achieving greatness. Our third and final speaker, Ian Tyson, like Heather Schultz, found a passion for inspiring people across America in 1989 and is also one of America’s top motivational speakers. Ian grew up and still lives in Ontario with his two daughters. In high school, Ian performed in drama productions and was a student leader. He is known for his entertaining, comedic, motivational style of speaking.

He gets a lot of inspiration for his presentations and workshops from his childhood and combines it with his extensive leadership training. He has a degree in English, is the cofounder of Youth Leadership Camps Canada (YLCC), and for the past three years has been on the board of directors for the Canadian Association of Student Activity Advisors. He has spoken at the following conferences: CSLC and NASC/Stars Conference, SADD, OSAID, 4-H, HOBY, COLS, ICAA, and CAIS among others. He was named “Leader of Distinc-

tion” in 2009 for Ontario due to his outstanding contributions to America’s youth and student leadership. You’ll have the chance to hear these three fantastic speakers at our PASC 2012 State Conference! Come to ignite yourself with the experience of a lifetime! You will enjoy yourself immensely at the 76th PASC conference hosted by Union and Laurel High Schools. These three guest speakers have a lot to offer and we’re sure after hearing them speak you will agree!

State Conference Workshop Presenters Needed Students who wish to apply to present workshops at the November 2012 PASC state conference should go to to download information. On the site, an application is included along with a copy of the rubric which will be used to select the workshops to be presented. Copies of these materials and suggestions for creative and excellent workshops for states are also posted at and at along with an example of a packet of a previously presented workshop. Please follow the rubric closely and provide detailed information on the workshop with your application. Make sure that you have your advisor sign the application. Plan with your advisor now as to how you will get their signa-

ture on the application before the August deadline. Workshops are needed for both high school and middle school delegates. Each workshop will be presented two times and will last for 40 minutes each time. Plan now to share an effective project or leadership lesson that you have learned as a “veteran” student leader. Deadline for submission of applications to present workshops is August 10, 2012. Workshop presenters will be notified of their acceptance by August 20, 2012.

Show what you know! Present a workshop at states. PASC News • June 2012 •


Summer PASC Checklist Here is a June “To Do” List to get ready for the conference: o Get school district approval in July or August to attend along with eight student delegates from student council or class government. Registration deadline is October 5th so don’t wait for approval until this fall. o Make your advisor hotel reservations (hotel information can be found on the website). o Encourage your student leaders to present a workshop for middle level or high school students. The workshop application deadline is August 10, and an advisor signature is required. Have students complete and mail applications before the end of the school year. o Watch for notification of workshop acceptance by August 20 o Make sure that your council’s 2012–2013 PASC dues are paid before the registration deadline on October 5th. o Eastern Pennsylvania advisors, check with your District Director on plans for buses to the conference from your area. District Director contacts: District 9: Edrene Wright District 10: Regina Shields District 11: Dave Stango District 12: Chris Seifert District 13: Nancy Brady 4

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76th PASC State Conference Make plans now to join us in New Castle, November 1–3, 2012, for the PASC state conference. Conference highlights include: • Internationally acclaimed motivational speakers: Matt Emerzian Heather Schultz Ian Tyson • Student-led workshops • Team-building activities • Student networking at Region caucus meetings • Advisor round tables • New advisor training • Students experiencing New Castle culture with host families • Gala banquet at the Scottish Rite Cathedral • Separate high school and middle level dances • Fabulous fireworks display in the Fireworks Capital of America!

Visit for all of the conference details

Online registration begins Monday, August 27

Union High School (above) and Laurel High School (below) are gearing up to welcome you to New Castle in November for the 76th PASC Conference.

Come Put the Pieces Together! PASC Seminar for Activity Advisors PLAN NOW TO JOIN PASC JUNE 27–28 AT SUSQUEHANNA UNIVERSITY

Advisors are an important piece of a successful student activities program. Join other advisors from around the state for this one-ofa-kind professional development experience under the leadership of PASC Workshop Directors Andy Costanzo and Kathy Coll. This training is open to student council advisors, class advisors, NHS advisors, club advisors, coaches, and administrators overseeing student activities. An Activity Advisors’ Seminar Info sheet was mailed to advisors in April and can be found at Registration must be completed by also going to the PASC website. Online registration deadline: June 1, 2012 with payment due by Friday, June 8. Dates: Wednesday, June 27 at approximately 11:00 AM to Thursday, June 28 at approximately 4:00 PM Site: Susquehanna University (located in Selinsgrove, PA 50 miles north of Harrisburg) in air-conditioned classroom and accommodations Costs: Registration: $75, Meals: $33

Lodging Options: $18 per person double occupancy or $27 single occupancy Program Details and Resources: The program will be appropriate for both new and experienced activity advisors and will feature large group and breakout sessions. Consult the PASC website for program details. Register Now! Invite other advisors, coaches, or administrators to be part of the 2012 Activity Advisors’ Seminar with you. Register online at the PASC website. The deadline to register is June 1, 2012 with payment due by Friday, June 8.

Online Registration Deadline Is Friday, June 1, 2012

Shannon Sullivan Reports on Her Final SBE Meeting For past two years, North Allegheny High School senior Shannon Sullivan has represented the 1.8 million public school students in the Commonwealth as one of two student members of the State Board of Education. PASC is grateful for Shannon’s dedicated and conscientious service and we wish her well as she heads off to New York University in the fall. The following is Shannon’s final report as an SBE member: The 308th meeting of the Pennsylvania State Board of Education convened in Harrisburg on the ninth and tenth of May. The Board began with a committee meeting regarding academic standards. During the meeting, the Board discussed the draft proposing revisions to Chapter 4. These revisions include eliminating a stateprescribed culminating project, requiring only the Algebra 1, Biology, and Literature Keystone exams for graduation, and adding voluntary exams for other courses in the future— provided there is available state funding. The Board recommended that these revisions shall be voted on at the regular State Board meeting. The Council of Higher Edu-

cation focused on the work of the college textbook advisory committee. The committee’s mission is to aid students in attaining affordable textbooks. Recently, the rising cost of college textbooks has made them unaffordable for some students. The committee is currently identifying ways to decrease costs. At the State Board of Vocational Education meeting, Dr. Lee Burket discussed the re-accreditation process for two schools. She noted their progress and the issues that still need resolved. At the full State Board meeting, Secretary of Education Dr. Ronald Tomalis stressed that business entities desire students who come from a rigorous academic back-

ground. He discussed the impact students could make if they were more prepared after high school. Secretary Tomalis also discussed the waiver approach to “No Child Left Behind,” and reported that 38 State Board of Education reps (from left) Erin Agnew, states have applied for a Dr. Frances Michelini, and Shannon Sullivan at the waiver. Pennsylvania is final SBE meeting for this school year. still undecided regardhave to believe in yourself. ing entering the waiver Emily Clark, a rising junior process. from Seneca Valley High As the meeting concluded, School will fulfill the junior several board members were position as Erin Agnew from recognized for their work on the Board as their terms ended, Springfield Township High myself included. I feel so grate- Schools moves into the senior role. To express your concerns ful to have had this experience, on education in Pennsylvania, and I encourage all students you may contact Erin and Emto get involved. You can play a role in your education; you just ily at PASC News • June 2012 •


How to Host a Mini-THON

is published monthly during the school year. To submit announcements, articles, or corrections for newsletters, please email the Executive Director or Assistant Executive Director. Articles or information from PASC NEWS may be reproduced for use, with appropriate credit.

Boyertown Area Senior High offers the following tips and information for any school interested in hosting a Mini-THON.

What Is a mini-THON? A Mini-THON is a small rendition of Penn State’s THON, a 46-hour dance marathon. Our event lasts for 12 hours beginning in the evening until early morning. Students raise money for the Four Diamonds Fund and spend the night playing fun games and activities. (A Mini-Thon activity could also be used to raise funds to support a different charity that means something to you or your school.)

What Is the Four Diamonds Fund? The Four Diamonds Fund is an organization that battles pediatric cancer at the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. More specifically, it provides full financial support to any family who deals with pediatric cancer and it funds cancer research.

How to Begin • Discuss the idea with your student council and advisor(s). This is a BIG endeavor. • Talk to your administration about approval and support for the event. • Come up with a creative theme (Internet search for “mini-THON” for ideas) • Set a fundraising goal and create a thermostat to show progress • Make a rough outline of how you want the night to go • What activities will you have to keep students awake and moving? • When will you serve food? • When will it begin and end? • Find teacher chaperones and volunteer nurses • Distribute jobs to select committees (e.g. food, decorations, fundraising…) • Get the word out to the student body and community • Start planning ASAP!

Fundraising Ideas • FTKoffee • Jeans day for teachers • Face painting at sports events • Bake sales • Canning 6

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• Rita’s night/Applebee’s/Chili’s etc. • Local businesses • Parent’s Night Out

Activity Ideas On the night of the event, hang up a large schedule of where and when the activities will occur so students know where to go. Possibilities include: Volleyball Matball Zumba Basketball Dodgeball

Four Square

Relay Races

Teambuilding Events

Sumo wrestling

Whiffle ball

Giant Twister

Ultimate Frisbee

Minute to Win It

Don’t Forget the Lyrics

Talent Hour

Face Painting

Question to consider: Are you going to let students drop in and out of activities or have sign ups?

What Is a Line Dance? A line dance is a student-made dance that is first taught to the students and then executed periodically throughout the night. The purpose is to get students awake, motivated, and stretching out their muscles. It can include current events in music, technology, politics, sports, and especially events in your school. Add simple motions for everyone to follow along and look forward to doing!

For Super Success: • Give the option for students to ‘pledge to stand’ all 12 hours • Incorporate Locks of Love where students can donate hair during the event • Contact Four Diamonds about a family to continued on page 7

Executive Director Jim Finnemeyer North Penn HS 1340 Valley Forge Road Lansdale, PA 19446 215-280-9299 215-855-0632 (Fax) Assistant Executive Director Kathy Ann Coll 174 Link Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15237 412-366-5744 PASC President Kristina Riggans Union MSHS 2106 Camden Avenue New Castle, PA 16101 PASC President-Elect Danielle Croner Boyertown High School 120 N. Monroe Street Boyertown, PA 19512 PASC News Editor Lyn Fiscus Leadership Logistics PASC Email: PASC Website:

How to Host a Mini-THON (cont’d from pg 6) speak at your event • Divide students into color teams; encourage friendly competition between teams • Have a rally day at the start of registration to introduce the event to students and pass out information • Schedule students to work shifts throughout the night at different stations like concessions • Keep a coat-check room staffed at all hours for student’s belongings • Organize, organize, organize!

Sample Schedule 5:30 PM


6:15 PM

Welcome to mini-THON

6:30 PM

Four Diamonds family guest speakers

7:15 PM

Locks of Love

7:30 PM

Color Team Spirit Activities

8:00 PM

Learn line dance

9:00 PM

*Food hour/volleyball tournament and relay races

The grand total raised by the Boyertown Area Senior High Mini-THON was revealed to the curious crowd.

10:00 PM Line dance/ volleyball tournament and giant Twister 11:00 PM

Live music/ volleyball championship

12:00 AM *Food hour/ line dance and Minute to Win It competition 1:00 AM Team building activity, ultimate Frisbee, and dodgeball 2:00 AM 3:00 AM

Line dance/Zumba and whiffle ball *Food hour/pingpong tournament and mat ball

4:00 AM

Line dance/tug of war and dance off

5:00 AM

Superlatives and reveal money raised

Activities like a giant game of Twister help keep students awake and motivated.

*Tips for food hours: • Encourage students to eat and drink • Have student council members donate water • Have parents donate food and snacks For more information, contact Boyerton Area Senior High, (610) 369-7435; PASC News • June 2012 •


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