JOHN DAY - Grant Union High School junior Maci Mascall was chosen as the Eastern Oregon Regional Executive Student Council member at the Oregon Association of Student Councils Convention held Nov. 3-4 at Seaside.
More than 1,100 students attended from around the state, including six other Grant Union students - juniors, Ty Rawlins, Dustin Heideman and Jessyka Reyes and seniors, Lisa Weigum, Anna Cronin and Laura Salvino.
When asked why she wanted to be elected, Mascall stated, "I'm really interested in helping people in general and thought this would be a good way to meet different people."
During her tenure as the Eastern Oregon representative, Mascall is required to attend four meetings of the Council and help plan conferences and camp for other students. In addition she is hoping to organize an Eastern Oregon student council leadership event at Grant Union in Spring 2003.
"Part of the purpose of the convention is to unify the whole student councils of Oregon," Mascall said. This was encouraged through ideas, pep assemblies, leadership activities and motivational speakers, which Mascall said were "worth listening to." She summed it up by saying, "It was a great experience."
Mascall originally applied for the position through an application process which required her to list her accomplishments, submit two letters of recommendations and prepare a voter's pamphlet sheet.
The Oregon Association of Student Councils chose three representatives for the Eastern Oregon region. Mascall's campaign was like a "mini political campaign," she said. She promoted herself by talking with students from different areas, and also with posters, buttons and flyers, then was voted in as the sole Eastern Oregon representative. Some of the toughest students to convince, she admitted, were the Imbler students, since the Grant Union Girls Volleyball team, of which she is a member, had beaten the Imber team the night before.
Statewide, only seven students were chosen for the honor to serve on the Executive Student Council and Mascall will serve the largest of the six districts. Her scope encompasses 10 counties: Grant, Baker, Harney, Gilliam, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa and Wheeler.
Maci is the daughter of John Mascall and Connie Moore of Dayville.