The VSCA State Office, the Officer Schools and Region Representative Schools, and the entire Advisory Committee are excited to welcome your school to the
96th annual VSCA Convention!
March 17-18, 2023
at Massaponax High School
VSCA is excited to announce that our annual convention this March will be a two-day event featuring many of the activities our convention used to have in pre-covid times. We kick off on Friday afternoon at Massaponax High School with region meetings and general sessions, then head into a special evening with the catered VSCA Awards Banquet followed by a Leadership Carnival. Saturday features keynote speaker Heather Schultz, Learning Labs, election of new officers and region representatives, a session with the Virginia Board of Education, a pep rally, and more.
The officers, Advisory Committee members, and host school are working hard to create an exciting leadership event designed to enable members to share ideas, network, and build stronger leadership skills to take back to their home schools. Use the information linked below to help you prepare to get the most from this amazing experience full of learning with hundreds of the best student leaders and their advisers from across the Commonwealth.
We can't wait to see you in March!
Please help us make next year's convention even better by filling out the Convention Evaluation.
Check here for the 2023 VSCA Convention Program.
Check here for the UPDATED convention schedule.
Schools have been assigned to tables for the banquet. Check here for the seating chart.
Check here for a map of the parking lot and guidance on where to park when you arrive.
Check here for a list of the Learning Lab descriptions for the Learning Lab sessions. Everyone will be able to select three to attend.
Make your grab & go dinner selection if you ordered this during registration. Deadline: Wednesday, March 8.
School delegations should discuss the proposed resolutions and decide how your three voting delegates will vote. Voting will take place at lunch on Saturday.
Consider signing up to speak during the Board of Education's Listening Tour on one of these BOARD OF ED FORUM TOPICS.
It's past the deadline for the following items but they are provided here for reference:
Register here to participate in the Outstanding Student Council Project competition.
Download this convention information packet for all the convention details and forms to complete to register.
Complete your online registration and print the registration confirmation email you will receive to send with all required forms and a check for the amount due to the VSCA Richmond Office.
Apply to present a Learning Lab to showcase the great things your council does and share your experiences with others.
Make your hotel reservations at a local hotel of your choice.
Check here for info on how to run for state office or regional representative.
Frequently asked questions:
- Are there any shuttle options available for the times when we need to get back and forth between the hotel and the school? Yes! On the online registration form there is a question asking whether you need shuttle bus transportation. If you need it, please check "yes" and we will work directly with you to make that happen.
- Will there be things to do for early arrivers on Friday? Participants who arrive early will be able to participate in a variety of games and activities before the general session. Exact details are still being worked out, but delegates can exchange friendly fringies to start getting to know people, take photos at some photo opps, and play some games.
- What is the leadership carnival? The leadership carnival is an activity where small teams will participate in a bunch of fun games/challenges for points; some things are knowledge based, some are physical, like minute-to-win it games. The activities will involve different skills to help make the point that we need all types of leaders on our teams to be successful. The top scoring teams will earn points for the spirit stick. (We will provide debriefing questions to advisers to help get some leadership lessons from the activity.)
Saving the Day with Leadership!
Carrying on VSCA Traditions
Get ready to participate in two time-honored VSCA convention traditions!
Fringies: How to make them
Friendly Fringies are a tradition at VSCA that provide an easy way to break the ice when meeting someone new. We'll modify the practice this year to keep everyone safer and use fist or elbow bumps instead of hugs, but you'll still get to swap fringies. Check out this video for how to make them.
School Explosion: How to create one
School explosions are a way to introduce your delegation to the other schools at convention. Make up a short 30-second cheer or chant and be ready to explode with energy during the opening general session.