The Odenville Middle School Student Government Association walked away with various awards at the recent Annual Middle School State Student Council Conference in Birmingham.

Odenville won first place in speech competition, leadership, scrapbook and the Annual Gold Council Award. They took second place in service. 

OMS teacher and SGA advisor Tammy Williams said they won in every division.

"I am very proud of my SGA," Williams said. "They stepped up to the plate and stole the show. We have a very active SGA.

"The bar was raised this year because of previous outstanding years. I believe we surpassed the bar this year. The OMS SGA is definitely preparing themselves to become world class leaders."

A.J. White, a sixth grade student, won the speech competition this year.  White competed against seventh and eighth grade students.

"He had an excellent speech, said Williams. "He spent numerous hours memorizing his speech prior to the competition. This was the third year in a row for OMS to win the speech competition."

"I was so excited to win the competition," White said. "I spent a lot of time preparing for it. All that hard work paid finally paid off. 

"SGA has changed my life in many ways.  My goal is to inspire others to become a leader."

The SGA’s leadership project was Project Mission. The SGA adopted Jimmie Hale Mission as their main leadership project this year. A group of students visited Jimmie Hale Mission this past January. The group had the opportunity to actually serve the homeless lunch.

"It was a life changing experience," Taylor Atkinson said. Atkinson was the eighth grade chairperson for Jimmie Hale Mission.

The "Power of the Pink" was the service project this year.

"We sold pink wristbands in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October," said seventh grade chairperson Erin Mitchell. "The money raised from the sale of the wristbands was given to the Angel Squad at the UAB Cancer Research Center.  The Angel Squad provides comfort care to the patients and their families."

Several students from the SGA visited the Angel Squad unit recently to present the check.

"The visit to the Angel Squad Unit makes me want to do more to help find a cure for cancer," Mitchell said. "We will continue to do things to help raise money for cancer."

Williams wanted to thank Blayne Gunnells, Anakate Andrasko, Lara Gunnells, Angela Holifield and the scrapbook team for helping with the scrapbook this year.

"The team did an awesome job," Williams said. "We have won the scrapbook competition three out of the previous four years."

The Annual Gold Council Award goes to the top student council with the most points in leadership, service, projects and events for the year. This is OMS’s third year in a row to receive this award.

The OMS SGA recently celebrated their accomplishments with a victory celebration at Mi Casita in Odenville. The group was treated to lunch by several local officials who are active supporters of the SGA, including Judge Robert Minor, BOE member Allison Gray, State Rep. Jim McClendon, Retired Judge Jim Hill, and St. Clair County Commissioner Paul Manning for their involvement with the SGA this year. 

"The SGA has had a very successful year," Williams said. "We are already getting ready for SASC in October at Mountain View High School in Lawrenceville, Georgia. OMS will serve as the Parliamentarian Officer School this year. We are the second middle school in history to serve as an officer school."

Blayne Gunnells and Erin Mitchell will represent the school at the Southern Association of Student Councils Conference.   

Members of the OMS SGA for 2013-14 are Gabe Downing, President; Amber Niles, Vice President; Leslie Pearce, Secretary; Erin Mitchell, Treasurer; Taylor Atkinson, Parliamentarian; Anakate Andrasko, Historian/Photographer; Braden Brasher, Eighth grade Senator; Kindrel Clark, Eighth grade Senator; Ally Eubanks, Seventh grade Senator; Molly Tipton, Seventh grade Senator; A.J. White, Sixth grade Senator; Caleb Fortenberry, Blayne Gunnells, Molly Ann Moon, Zayrihah Reynolds, all SGA Representatives; Taylor England, Eighth grade Class President; Jade England;  Eighth grade Class Vice President; Andrew Eubanks, Eighth grade Class Secretary/Treasurer; Nick Armstrong, Seventh grade Class President; Nicole Armstrong, Seventh grade Class Vice President; Marlie Wharton, Seventh grade Class Secretary/Treasurer; Ashlyn McClanahan, Sixth grade Class President; Catherine Edwards, Sixth grade Class Vice President; Abby Merchant, Sixth grade Class Secretary/Treasurer.