by Mrs. Melissa Gil

The Florida Association of Student Councils hosts a state level convention every year in which schools from different districts get the chance to build upon student leadership, school activities, networking, and project competitions. SGA goes beyond just organizing and running events, members also have to document and evaluate these events hosted at their schools. Miami Dade County Public Schools are a part of district 6 for FASC.

When it comes to the competition part of FASC, medallion council and project books are submitted at convention. Medallion books are judged by how many school events/meetings occur at your school in comparison of your school population. Schools as a result to their medallion council books can be ranked gold, silver, or bronze. As for the project books, it is one project that get documented by a specific category. There are ten categories in FASC such as faculty and staff relations, community service, and school spirit. Books are judged by a rubric that includes evaluation of the information on the project forms and the supporting documents provided. Books can only place first, second, or third per category out of at least 15 books minimum submitted from schools overall.

Mater Academy High, Mater Academy Middle, Mater Lakes Academy High, iMater Middle, and iMater High are all proud members of district 6 in FASC. These schools listed are the only Academica charter schools to be a part of FASC in Miami Dade County. The SGA in these schools are led by Mr. Nelson Cartaya and Mrs. Mary Pino (Mater High), Mrs. Nicole Valle (Mater Middle), Mrs. Melissa Gil and Ms. Ana Sanchez (Mater Lakes Academy), Ms. Elisa Aviles (iMater High), and Ms. Denise Garcia (iMater Middle). In addition, as a Mater Family, these schools participated in the FASC convention of March 1st -3rd in Boca Raton Community High School along with 94 other schools. It was three days filled with workshops, meetings, activities, and competition. The Mater schools are proud to list their weekend accomplishments at FASC:

We as advisors are proud of our students who work hard to manage events at their schools, but also compete at a state level and win in their prospective categories. This weekend at FASC was definitely a Mater Family Takeover and we couldn’t be more content in working together for the greater good of our students who strive to be better leaders. We are always leading by example. As Nelson Cartaya says, “We teach our kids to be the example, not the exception.”

Mater Academy High School: Nelson Cartaya FASC Advisor of the Year, Medallion Council Silver Rank, District 6 Treasurer School

Mater Academy High School: Nelson Cartaya FASC Advisor of the Year, Medallion Council Silver Rank, District 6 Treasurer School

iMater Middle School: 2nd Place Membership Motivation, 3rd Place School Spirit, 3rd Place School Service

iMater Middle School: 2nd Place Membership Motivation, 3rd Place School Spirit, 3rd Place School Service

All Five Mater Schools with their trophies.

All Five Mater Schools with their trophies.

Mater Academy Middle School: 2nd Place Faculty and Staff Relations, 2nd Place Health and Safety

Mater Academy Middle School: 2nd Place Faculty and Staff Relations, 2nd Place Health and Safety

Mater Lakes Academy High School: Medallion Council Gold Rank, 2nd Place Fundraising, 3rd Place Faculty and Staff Relations, 3rd Place Community Service, District 6 Secretary School

Mater Lakes Academy High School: Medallion Council Gold Rank, 2nd Place Fundraising, 3rd Place Faculty and Staff Relations, 3rd Place Community Service, District 6 Secretary School

iMater High School: Medallion Council Gold Rank

iMater High School: Medallion Council Gold Rank

SGA Advisors: (left to right) Bottom row: Ms. Elisa Aviles and Ms. Denise Garcia (iMater Academy High and Middle School) Top Row: Mrs. Nicole Valle (Mater Academy Middle), Mr. Nelson Cartaya (Mater Academy High), Ms. Ana Sanchez, and Mrs. Melissa Gil (Mater Lakes Academy High)

SGA Advisors: (left to right) Bottom row: Ms. Elisa Aviles and Ms. Denise Garcia (iMater Academy High and Middle School) Top Row: Mrs. Nicole Valle (Mater Academy Middle), Mr. Nelson Cartaya (Mater Academy High), Ms. Ana Sanchez, and Mrs. Melissa Gil (Mater Lakes Academy High)