Tom August, Student Council Advisor at DeForest Area High School has been chosen as the 2014 Region V Advisor of the Year. Each year Wisconsin Association of School Councils, Inc. (WASC) recognizes one advisor from each of WASC’s six regions. Honorees are chosen for their contributions to the cause of student leadership growth in the state of Wisconsin.
August has been student council advisor at the high school for 15 years. About 50 students are involved in this extra-curricular group each year, with representation from each class (freshmen through senior). According to August, student council members help share students’ ideas, interests, and concerns with teachers and school principals. They often help raise funds for school-wide activities, including social events, community projects, helping people in need, and school reform. Students learn leadership skills as an extension of their regular classroom education.
Some of the activities sponsored by high school student council members each year include:
- A school-wide Veterans Day program
- Homecoming Week, including daily activities, two pep rallies and the dance
- DAHS Winterfest Week, which includes “Advisory Olympics” and a pep rally
- Participation in community food and gift drives
Under Tom August’s leadership, DAHS also hosted a regional student council conference this past November for hundreds of students and their advisors.
DAHS Principal Machell Schwarz commended August on the award. “Much of the success students experience through student council is directly related to Mr. August’s leadership,” said Schwarz. “We appreciate his efforts in leading this group of students, but that’s not all he does for our high school. Mr. August is also the Forensics head coach, which just won their fourth straight conference championship.”
Assistant Principal Doug Crowley agrees and added, “Mr. August is good at giving students a say in what happens with all aspects of planning. Take a homecoming dance, for example. If there is a lighting issue at the dance, he helps students figure out how to solve the problem. If protocols and policies need to be reviewed or developed, student council members lead the discussion.”
August will receive his award at the Wisconsin Association of Student Council’s state conference this May in Madison.