7:00 – 9:00pm

Optional Pre-Conference Activity at Collinsville Aqua Park
(sign up during conference registration process)


8:30 -9:30am

Arrival, Registration, and Trading of Pins (State Rooms)

9:30 – 10:00am

State Room Meetings (introductions, bag/name badge handout and prep for the day’s events)

10:15 – 11:30am

Opening General Session (Fletcher Gymnasium)

  • Opening Ceremony
  • Greetings from Conference Hosts (past and present)
  • Welcome by Collinsville CUSD 10 Superintendent Dr. Brad Skertich
  • Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem
  • Presentation of State Banners by State Presidents
  • Keynote by Judson Laipply

11:45am – 1:15pm

Student Lunch (Cafeteria/Commons) OR Exhibits/Hall of Ideas (Aux Gym)

Advisor Lunch (Library)

1:30 – 2:30pm

Councils 1-15: Icebreakers and Leadership Games (Assigned Council Rooms)

Councils 16-30: Leadership Session with Monte Selby (Auditorium)

State Officers’ Summit: Part 1 (Band Room)

Advisors: Networking and Workshop with Terri Johnson (Library)

2:45 – 3:45pm

Councils 1-15: Leadership Session with Monte Selby (Auditorium)

Councils 16-30: Icebreakers and Leadership Games (Assigned Council Rooms)

Advisors: Networking and Workshop with Judson Laipply (Band Room)

3:45 – 4:00pm

Break (snacks in hallways for students and return to state rooms)

4:00 – 5:00pm

Second General Session (Fletcher Gymnasium)


  • Evolution of Dance Activity with Judson Laipply

5:00 – 6:00pm

Student Dinner (Cafeteria/Commons)

Advisor Dinner (Library)

6:00 – 8:00pm

“A Taste of Collinsville” Street Festival, DJ and Dessert (Commons)


Departure for Hotels


8:30 -9:00am

Arrival for Daily Briefing (State Rooms)

9:00 – 10:30am

Third General Session (Fletcher Gymnasium)

  • Welcome Back
  • CHS Drumline Performance
  • Pep Assembly Games by Gary Clark
  • Keynote by Heather Schultz

10:45 – 11:15am

Councils 1-15: Bear Buddy Community Service Activity (Assigned Council Rooms)

Councils 16-30: Workshop with Heather Schultz (Aux Gym)

Advisors: Networking and workshop with Karen Dawson (Band Room)

11:30am – 12:00pm

Councils 1-15: Workshop with Heather Schultz (Aux Gym)

Councils 16-30: Bear Buddy Community Service Activity (Assigned Council Rooms)

State Officers’ Summit: Part 2 (Band Room)

Advisors: Networking and Snacks (Library)

Executive Directors’ Meeting with NASSP (Auditorium)

12:00 – 12:45pm

Councils 1-15: Student Lunch (Cafeteria/Commons)

Councils 16-30: Leadership Lesson (Assigned Council Rooms)

State Officers’ Summit: Part 3 (Band Room)

Advisor Lunch (Library)

12:45 – 1:30pm

Councils 1-15: Leadership Lesson (Assigned Council Rooms)

Councils 16-30: Student Lunch (Cafeteria/Commons)

Executive Directors’ Meeting (Auditorium)

1:45 – 2:45pm

Fourth General Session in Fletcher Gymnasium

  • Community Service “TED Talk” featuring Kellsie’s Hope Foundation, Got Your Six Support Dogs, #ICANHELP

3:00 – 3:15pm

Student Break (snacks in hallways)

Advisors transported to The Gateway Center

3:15 – 4:00pm

Councils 1-15: Workshop with Zach Baumann (Aux Gym)

Councils 16-30: Workshop with Richard Mark (Auditorium)

State Officers’ Summit: Part 4 (Band Room)

3:15 – 4:15pm

Advisors: Roundtables at The Gateway Center

4:15 – 5:00pm

Councils 1-15: Workshop with Richard Mark (Auditorium)

Councils 16-30: Workshop with Zach Baumann (Aux Gym)

4:15 – 5:15pm

Advisors: Q & A at The Gateway Center

5:00 – 5:15pm

Student Break (snacks in hallways)

5:15 – 5:30pm

Advisors return from The Gateway Center

5:30 – 6:00pm

Fifth General Session (Fletcher Gymnasium)

  • NatStuCo Presentations

6:00 – 6:45pm

Student Dinner (Cafeteria/Commons)

Advisor Dinner (Library)

7:00 – 8:00pm

Large Group Session (Fletcher Gymnasium)

  • Advisor of the Year Award
  • Spirit of Jim Finnemeyer Award
  • “The Power of Music” featuring Dr. Monte Selby

8:00 – 8:45pm

Sixth General Session (Fletcher Gymnasium)

  • Illuminations presented by Marquita Thomas


Departure for Hotels


8:30 -9:30am

Arrival and Swag Shop

9:30 – 10:00am

State Room Meetings / Processing

10:00 – 11:00am

Closing General Session (Fletcher Gymnasium)

  • Keynote by Michelle Li
  • Conference Recap Video: Where Dreams Come True
  • Farewell

Luggage may be stored in the auditorium foyer for departure.
Grab-and-go lunch provided at departure.


Featured Speakers

June 26, 2023 • Opening Session

Judson Laipply ✨

After getting his Master's Degree in 2000, Judson Laipply has been entertaining and educating audiences all over the globe. With energy and engagement, comedy and content, wit and wisdom, Judson provides keynotes and trainings that are as enjoyable as they are impactful.

On top of that, he is the world's first YouTube celebrity. In 2006 Judson uploaded his video, The Evolution of Dance, to YouTube. The rest is history: it was the first video to reach 100 million views and held the Guinness World Record for most-liked video for three years. As a special treat, Judson will teach all of us a shortened version of his epic dance routine! JudsonLaipply.com

Judson Laipply

June 26, 2023 • Student Leadership Session

Monte Selby ✨

Dr. Monte Selby is a Grammy® Award winning songwriter, recording artist, educator, author, and speaker. Known as "education's songwriter", Monte has written and performed hundreds of songs with over 42,000 students around the world.

Monte has his roots in education as an award-winning teacher, principal, and professor. He works as a trainer and consultant, has keynoted numerous national and international conferences, and written music with nearly 43,000 K-12 grade students. Over one thousand performances, workshops and leadership presentations have left audiences laughing, singing, and applauding across North America, Europe and Asia. Hundreds of participants have evaluated Monte's sessions as, "the most engaging presentation I've ever attended!" MonteSelby.com

Monte Selby

June 26, 2023 • Advisor Workshop Session

Terri Johnson ✨

Terri Johnson is a former Executive Director of the Missouri Association of Student Councils (MASC), a position she has held for over 20 years. She retired from 30 years in public education in 2011, serving as a school counselor and student council advisor.

Terri served two terms as the President of the National Association of State Student Council Executive Directors. She was inducted into the Missouri Circle of Excellence (2008), was 2000 Missouri Advisor of the Year, and was recognized as the Earl Reum Award winner in 2016. But, she feels her greatest accomplishment is raising three sons, (who all participated in MASC activities), alongside her husband Bruce, a retired superintendent.

Her philosophy – “There is a leadership lesson in everything” is the basis of the way she approaches each day! Terri has been passionate about leadership her entire life and loves sharing tips, tricks and ideas with advisors. masc@masc1.org

Terri Johnson

June 27, 2023 • General Session

Heather Schultz ✨

Heather Schultz's passion has always been to bring positive change to the world. After attending Central Michigan University and earning a degree in the field of nursing, she discovered her life’s calling was to work with youth—helping them deal with the issues they face each day and inspiring them to be leaders of their own lives by challenging them to live extraordinary.

Since 1987 Heather has become a highly-requested youth speaker, working with schools and organizations across the United States. She currently lives with her family in Atlanta, Georgia. HeatherSchultz.net

Heather Schultz

June 27, 2023 • Pep Assembly Games

Gary Clark ✨

Gary Clark currently serves as the Executive Director of the Illinois Association of Student Councils (IASC) and President of the National Association of State Student Council Executive Directors (NASSCED). A teacher for 34 years and long-time Student Council advisor at Collinsville High School, Mr. Clark hosted the National Student Council conference in 2005. He has presented workshops at numerous conferences across the United States and was a presenter at the NASSP's national LEAD Conferences for over 10 years.  Now retired from teaching, Mr. Clark runs an antique store specializing in furniture from 1740 - 1840.

Gary Clark

June 27, 2023 • Advisor Workshop Session

Karen Dawson ✨

Karen Dawson spent 32 years as a high school art and leadership teacher and was also involved in service learning. She was named as an All-American Teacher by USA TODAY and has earned numerous awards during her career, including the Presidential Volunteer Service Award from President George W. Bush for her work with Habitat for Humanity.

In 2012, she co-founded a nonprofit weekly community outreach program that provides a meal for anyone in need in the St. Louis area. Since its inception, more than 66,000 meals have been served. This program is now being emulated in 54 communities. Currently she is the co-chair of the Greater St. Louis Area Homeless Task Force.

Karen Dawson

June 27, 2023 • Large Group Workshop

Zach Baumann ✨

Captain Zach "ZB" Baumann goes by Zach, Uncle Zach, and Captain Zach—in that order. He plays the drums in a band with his best friends (A Brother’s Fountain) and seeks out challenges like climbing Mount Rainier and racing IRONMAN triathlons. Uncle Zach has 6 nieces and nephews scattered across the country that he loves dearly. Captain Zach is an active-duty USAF Force Support Officer who is on a mission to make the world smaller… one relationship at a time. 

In May of 2021 he graduated from the University of Colorado – Boulder with an MBA focused on IT business strategy, marketing, and analytics. His passions are marketing, storytelling, and leveraging the power of networks to solve problems. He co-founded Air Force Gaming, a grassroots movement of gamers which picked up so much momentum that the Air Force essentially “acquired” in the fall of 2020. 

Zach Baumann

June 27, 2023 • Large Group Workshop

Richard Mark ✨

With a distinguished 20-year career in the energy sector and 45 years of business and civic leadership, Richard J. Mark, is a graduate of Collinsville High School and recently retired CEO & President of Ameren Illinois, a top-tier midwest power utility company.

Among his accomplishments, Mark is credited with increasing Ameren Illinois' corporate philanthropy efforts and focusing on building stronger local communities. In 10 years, he directed more than $22 million in donations to Downstate Illinois non-profits and service organizations and stepped up the company's volunteer efforts for charitable causes.  As a champion of diversity, Mark opened doors for more minorities to grow into leadership positions in Ameren Illinois and increased the value of goods and services purchased from minority- and women-owned suppliers by 34% over ten years.

Richard Mark

June 27, 2023 • Illuminations Program

Marquita Thomas ✨

Marquita Thomas is a former teacher and school counselor—and former Executive Director of both the Tennessee Association of Student Councils (TASC) and the Southern Association of Student Councils (SASC). She served on NASC Executive Board and NASSCED Executive Board. But of all of her accomplishments, she says that working with student leaders is one of the greatest privileges of her life. 

Marquita Thomas

June 28, 2023 • General Session

Michelle Li ✨

Michelle works in St. Louis and is a news anchor and reporter at KSDK, the NBC affiliate. In January 2022, she went viral after posting a racist voicemail that launched a series of really exciting things, like going on The Ellen Show and launching The Very Asian Foundation with fellow journalist Gia Vang

Previously Michelle worked as a news anchor for NBC-affiliate KING-TV in Seattle. She was a morning show anchor and co-created and hosted the show Take 5, a daily, hour-long, interactive news show before it sunsetted in 2019. She also worked as the primary evening anchor for legacy stations in Wisconsin, the Coastal Carolinas and Southwest Missouri. 

Michelle has been recognized for leading innovation and audience engagement projects in newsrooms. Google, Poynter, Facebook, and RTDNA have showcased her work in newsrooms across the country. She has specialized in social media, innovation, and interactivity throughout her career. MichelleLiTV.com

Michelle Li