709 middle school students expected to attend Mid-level Conference

The annual Mid-level conference will be held on Nov. 21 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Southwest will be the first Career and Technical Academy to host the Mid-level conference.

“I’m really excited for everyone to see our school because it kind of helps with recruitment,” Mid-level conference co-host Angelica Mayor said.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Leadership in Lights.” Actors from Broadway Bound will dress up as characters from different movies and will be available for picture opportunities at the red carpet for the attendees.

“I invited some of my friends from the company to dress up as iconic movie characters and walk around and take picture with the kids,” Student Body President Rachel Martinez said. “‘The Lord of the Rings’, ‘Star Wars’, ‘The Breakfast Club’, ‘Back to the Future’, ‘Grease’ and ‘The Adams Family’ are examples of the movies that we will be referencing.”

This is event is held for middle school students in the Clark County School District enrolled in student council to learn leadership and communication skills by participating in workshops and activities.

“During this time, kids are able to collaborate with other students and share their ideas that they can take back to their student councils.” Class of 2016 Treasurer Vahina Li said. “Even though the conference is only one day, the kids are able to form close knit relationships with people they didn’t know at the start of the day.”

52 pairs of Junior Counselors (JC), who are student council members in 30 high schools, will be mentors to the 709 students from 49 different middle schools. Each pair will have an iconic movie that their activities will be based around to accommodate the theme of the conference.

“Junior Counselors represent a vital part of the conference,” Li said. “They bridge student leaders across the state.”

In addition to the activities,  a representative from the organization #icanhelp, will be the speaker at the conference. Their goal is to delete negativity in social media and in life.

“Kim Karr is someone who we saw at student council nationals and we really enjoyed her message about deleting negative things from our lives,” Mid-level conference co-host Aliyah Zollett said. “Student Council has been working on this for 11 months and we are beyond excited for this conference.”