Statewide Student Government Conference Hosted virtually at West Valley High School

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Published: Apr. 17, 2021 at 4:58 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - With careful coordination, communication, flexibility and the drive to try something new, West Valley High School students hosted the statewide Student Government Conference virtually over the weekend.

“I’ve been planning this for over a year now and it really, really means a lot to me,” West Valley class president Asher Swan Adams said.

Swan Adams is also one of the leaders who helped make the first-ever virtual conference a possibility.

The Alaska Association of Student Government (AASG) conference is a chance for student government members across Alaska to meet, network, learn leadership skills and debate resolutions to make change.

Normally AASG would meet twice a year at a fall and spring conference, but like most things this year, events had to be held virtually. So it was up to student leaders to figure out how to get that done.

“We had originally planned it for last October, but because of COVID we had to postpone it,” Swan Adams said. “We had to end up transitioning to a virtual platform, we had to make a website, we had to figure out how we were going to do voting.”

With careful planning and lots of flexibility, Swan Adams says she hopes they didn’t just make it work, but made it a conference to remember.

“With the technology these days, it’s really amazing to be able to see something like this put on because we are able to stay connected through a pandemic, through quarantine,” Swan Adams said adding, “To be able to come together and still throw a conference like this where student leaders get to voice their input on their communities and show that we are still making progress.”

Swan Adams is a senior and it will be her last AASG conference before she graduates.

“It really does mean a lot to me and all the seniors here,” Swan Adams said tearfully. “(AASG) does really create this community where you only see these people twice a year, but then you form these connections hundreds of miles all over the state of Alaska.”

While most schools participated virtually in the Friday and Saturday event, all of the representatives from the interior schools were able to meet in person at West Valley High School with COVID precautions in place.

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