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Powers elected as president of state council

The state of Tennessee has a member of Unicoi County High School’s student council leading the way for the upcoming year.
Carter Powers, a junior at UCHS, was named the state’s student council president during the Tennessee Association of Student Councils (TASC) convention this weekend at Soddy Daisy High School in Chattanooga.
The TSAC is an organization used to promote the student council movement by high schools across the state and strives to further leadership training and good citizenship for students, according to the organization’s website.
TSAC is part of the Southern Association of Student Councils and the National Association of Student Councils (NASC).
Powers stayed busy during the convention, also winning the state’s essay and a school award for being member of the year.
Senior Osiris Vazquez also received the Above and Beyond award for UCHS.
“The student council has been a big part of the high school,” said Lynn Honeycutt, the school’s sponsor of the group. “The group works with principal Dr. (Chris) Bogart and they’re always working with clubs and helping make the school a better place.”
Along with the individual accolades the 30-member group of the student council received the 4 Star Council Award, a first for UCHS since 2003.
“The council worked together on a book detailing all the projects they work on during the year,” Honeycutt said. “They presented it to be judged.”
A 24-hour campaign period awaited Powers during the election process. The junior competed with a student from Wilson Central for the top honors and spoke in front of 700 students from 60 different schools during the weekend.
“Since his sophomore year, he’s grown into a leader,” Honeycutt said. “He would attend meetings and come back with ideas to grow our council and ideas for events. He served as the East Tennessee representative this year and that allowed us to hold a workshop at the school back in November.”
Powers will serve as the Tennessee president next year and will attend the NASC conference scheduled for June 26 in Albuquerque to represent the area.
Along with those duties, Powers will attend state board meetings for the upcoming year for east, middle and west portions of the state along with state workshops.