The St. Clair County High’s Student Government Association attended the state SGA Conference recently, and earned several awards. Senior Taylor England won the state SGA Speech Competition for the second year in a row. Her speech was based on the topic “In what ways will you pledge leadership in your community and beyond.”
England said she wrote about all of the activities she was involved in. Activities like cheer, SGA, Ambassador, but mainly she wrote about peer helper, a mentoring program.
“This is where we teach freshmen students about character development, help with their homework and just tutor them,” she said.
England, 18, has attended the schools in Odenville since the fourth grade. Before that, she attended Moody Elementary. She’s the daughter of Matthew and Tara Wood. She has a twin sister, Jade.
“I am very proud and honored to have won the speech competition two years in a row,” England said. “I am proud to have represented SCCHS.”
As a group, the SCCHS SGA won the Gold Honor Council Award and was elected as a state officer for the third year in a row. This year, they will serve as the state parliamentarian. They will also serve as the district vice president for the upcoming year.
SCCHS SGA sponsor Angela Mizzell said she was so proud of this group of kids.
“They have worked throughout the year completing community service projects and doing things at the school to help with school and community pride,” she said. “They are true leaders in the school and are deserving of the recognition. Taylor's speech moved me to tears. She is a great role model and leader in our school. I have no doubt she will be a leader in the community in the future.”
England plans on attending the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she will study psychology. She maintains a 4.34 GPA, is ranked third in her class and received the achievement scholarship.
“Being in the SGA has taught me a lot about leadership,” she said.
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