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Student Success: Advisory Council Cultivates Tomorrow's Leaders
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Thursday, May 18, 2017
Simmons Middle School Student Advisory Council
Simmons Middle School Student Advisory Council

The Simmons Middle School Student Advisory Council (SAC) serves as a liaison between the students and the faculty and administration. This year, the group has been busy making a difference in groups they are helping.

SAC actively participated in the Magic Moments fund raising that Simmons sponsored during the fall and spring semesters. The school raised over $8,000 to send two chronically ill-children to Lego Land and Disney World in Florida. The SAC made posters, organized fundraisers, and encouraged the student body. In late winter, the group organized a coat and blanket drive. Close to 300 blankets and over 200 coats went to First Light, a center for homeless women and children in downtown Birmingham. Additionally, the group helps with school activities like the 7th grade Career Day and PTO’s Teacher Appreciation Week activities.

In fall, the SAC participated in an all day, in-school retreat with the Hoover High School Student Government Association (SGA). All SAC members worked to organize plans for community service this school year, participated in team-building activities, and learned the expectations of student leadership from the Hoover High SGA students. The high schoolers led activities and small group meetings to engage the middle school students in becoming service-minded.

To become an SAC member, students must complete an application that is reviewed for their ideas on leadership, the current activities they are involved in, and their service-mindedness. Students must also have and maintain a "B" average and obtain a recommendation signed by at least two of their team teachers. Grade-level teachers selected the most qualified applicants.

The 2016-2017 SAC representatives include 8th graders Halla Almoradi, Anna Marie Davis, Christopher Dutton, Sarah Fu, Sydney Hill, Kaila Hyde, Roderick Lindsey, Erin Lutomski, Bobby Mosely, Haley Robinson, Tykie Sfakianos, Blake White, and Jackson White; 7th graders Georgia Anderson, Duncan Bates, Devon Davidson, Bella Farrow, Jack Gibbs, Luke McNeil, Kashyra Morris Myhand, Annabelle Morrison, Abigail Pate, Nick Ragland, Noah Small, Ashton Tillman, and Turner Woods; and 6th graders Vincent Aspito, Alex Brockman, Anna Beth Cox, Dalton Dismukes, Aznii Frost, Matt Lawley, Justin McDowell, Haley Rich, Leah Shunnarah, Maci Updike, Maxwell Wainwright, and Caroline Watson. The organization’s advisors are Elena Gilliland, Tamera Carter, and Jana Flint.