Two members of the Calvert Association of Student Councils (CASC) were recognized at the recent convention of the Maryland Association of Student Councils (MASC). Athena Lewis, Student Government Advisor at Northern Middle School, has been named the Middle School Advisor of the Year, and Chad Leo, a junior at Patuxent High, has been elected Treasurer of MASC.

Dr. Daniel D. Curry, Superintendent, said, “CASC does great work in Calvert County. Outstanding leaders like Ms. Lewis and outstanding students like Chad Leo are the reason why.”

Ms. Lewis, who was also selected as the CASC Advisor of the Year for the fourth time, was chosen for this honor by the MASC Executive Board and Executive Director. Scott Goldstein, CASC Regional Advisor and social studies teacher at Patuxent High, recommended Ms. Lewis for the award based on her leadership of the Northern Middle group and involvement with CASC. Ms. Lewis, he said, “has the joy that all successful Student Government Advisors have in training students in leadership.” Under her guidance, Northern Middle students have taken on some notable leadership and community service opportunities, including supporting a local shelter for homeless people and hosting a food drive. “Students at Northern Middle,” said Mr. Goldstein, “learn the importance of helping others with Athena’s guidance.”

Chad Leo was elected from among three candidates by over 700 students who attended the MASC convention. Chad has a long history of service to student government, having served as the CASC Vice President during the 2015-16 school year and as the current Patuxent High Treasurer. According to Mr. Goldstein, “Chad has been one of the most persistent young leaders I have had the honor to work with. He has taken a special interest in making sure that more students have the opportunity to attend Maryland Association of Student Council events. I am sure that as MASC Treasurer he will work hard to raise the funds necessary to help many aspiring young leaders.”

CASC also elected officers for the 2018-2019 school year and presented awards for the 2018 Advisor of the Year and 2018 Outstanding Student Government Association (SGA) of the Year.

CASC award winners are:

  • Middle School Advisor of the Year: Athena Lewis, Northern Middle;
  • High School Advisor of the Year: Breanne Bauer, Northern High;
  • Outstanding Middle School SGA: Northern Middle; and
  • Outstanding High School SGA: Huntingtown High.

CASC officers for the 2018-2019 school year are:

  • President: Jillian Gray, Rising Senior, Northern High;
  • Vice-President: Margaret Foulkes, Rising Senior, Huntingtown High;
  • Second Vice President: Hayden Kelly, Rising 8thgrader, Plum Point Middle;
  • Treasurer: Abigail Setzfand, Rising Sophomore, Northern High; and
  • Secretary: Isabella Crum, Rising Freshman, Northern High.