About the SDSCA


The members from interested Student Councils in South Dakota gathered on the campus of the University of South Dakota in August of 1988. The purpose of the gathering was to organize a state organization that would unite high school student councils and serve all the students of the State of South Dakota. The August 10-11 gathering became the first convention of the South Dakota Student Council Association. Beginning with the 1988 convention through the 1999 convention, the SDSCA State Conventions were held during the late summer. Beginning with the 2000 State Convention, the conventions were moved into the school year following the completion of the state athletics Winter seasons.

Organizational Structure

The SDSCA is co-sponsored by the South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA) and the South Dakota Association of Secondary School Principals (SDASSP).  The SDSCA State Executive Board is composed of six statewide elected officers (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Reporter, Parliamentarian/Sergeant at Arms), a Middle School Representative representing the middle school students in attendance at the State Convention, and a Region Representative from each of the seven SDSCA Regions. All of these offices are held by students. The SDSCA State Executive Board includes four adult advisors: a Representative from the SDASSP, a Representative from the Student Council Advisors, a Representative from the SDHSAA, and the SDSCA State Executive Director.


In addition to the SDSCA State Executive Board, the State of South Dakota is divided into seven regions: Big Sioux, Capitol, James River, Northern Lakes, Rushmore, Spirit Point, and Upper Missouri. Each region elects its own Region Board. The specific student offices comprising each Region Board varies from region to region. Each region has the option of electing as many of the following offices as the members of the region feel are warranted: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Reporter, Parliamentarian, Sergeant at Arms, and Region Representative to the State Board. All SDSCA member schools in a region are entitled to select a school representative to the Region Board.

Each Region Board works under the guidance of a Region Advisor who is chosen from the student council advisors in the region. The regional officers and School Representatives to the Region Board are encouraged to meet as a Region Board and to hold regional meetings during the year to share ideas and to organize for the state convention held in the spring of each year. A complete listing of Region Alignments can be found on the SDSCA page of the SDHSAA website.


Any public, private, or parochial school in South Dakota that belongs to the SDHSAA shall be eligible to be a member of the SDSCA. Any public, private, or parochial organized Junior High or Middle School shall be eligible to be a member of the SDSCA.

Each member school is entitled to one vote at the annual state convention. Any high school student is welcome to attend the state convention. The SDSCA considers all students in high school to be members of their respective student councils. Therefore, the student need not be an officer in their school’s student council to attend the convention or to hold a Regional or State Office. Also, a special invitation is extended to all students to attend the Executive Board meetings scheduled throughout the year.


The following is a chronological listing of the year, site, and principal consultant for each of the SDSCA State Conventions.
1st1987-88Aug. 10-11USD, VermillionActive Student Councils Make a DifferenceNone
2nd1988-89Aug. 6-8USD, VermillionNoneRex Giesler
3rd1989-90Aug. 5-7USD, VermillionTomorrow's Needs TodayMr. Phil (Phil Gugliuzza)
4th1990-91Aug. 4-6USD, VermillionLeadership For The New Century...Building Bridges To UnderstandingCraig Hillier
5th1991-92Aug. 2-4USD, VermillionLeadership, You Gotta Have It - - Uh-huh!!Lori Kiblinger
6th1992-93Aug. 1-3USD, VermillionStep Toward The FutureDr. Earl Reum
7th1993-94Aug. 2-4DWU, MitchellLiving On The Edge & Taking You To New HeightsDr. Earl Reum
8th1994-95July 31-Aug 2DWU, MitchellA Candle Losses Nothing Of Its Light By Lighting Another CandleMr. Phil (Phil Gugliuzza)
9th1995-96Aug. 5-7DWU, MitchellA Leader Sees The Invisible, Feels The Intangible And Achieves The ImpossibleMr. Phil (Phil Gugliuzza)
10th1996-97Aug. 4-6DWU, MitchellLeadership Is Everybody‟s Business!Dr. Earl Reum
11th1997-98Aug. 3-5DWU, MitchellGo M.A.D. – Make A Difference!Susie Vanderlip
12th1998-99Aug. 2-4Crossroads Hotel, HuronTake Me To Your Leaders!Eric Chester
13th1999-00Mar. 26-28Crossroads Hotel, HuronBorn To LeadMitch Anthony
14th2000-01Mar. 25-27Ramkota RiverCentre, PierreM*A*S*H (Making All Students Heroes)Jeff Yalden
15th2001-02Mar. 24-26Ramkota RiverCentre, PierreTime To Unite With TLC (Today‟s Leaders Care)Ed Gerety
16th2002-03Mar. 23-25Ramkota RiverCentre, PierreLeadership – It‟s Cool In A Far Out WayMark Scharenbroich
17th2003-04Mar. 21-23Ramkota RiverCentre, PierreMission ImpossiblePhilly D (Phil Doucette)
18th2004-05Mar. 20-22Ramkota RiverCentre, PierreLeadership RoundupBano (Dick Baniszewski), Terry Nebelsick
19th2005-06Mar. 21-23Ramkota RiverCentre, PierreLeadership In ActionEddie Slowikowski, Bill Zubke
20th2006-07Mar. 25-27Ramkota RiverCentre, PierreOutstanding LeaderZ: Follow The Leadership RoadDeb Erickson, Ivan Dixon
21st2007-08Mar. 30-Apr. 1Ramkota RiverCentre, PierreDiscover The Treasure Of 'Leader' ShipJohn Beede
22nd2008-09Mar. 29-31Ramkota RiverCentre, PierreM.A.G.I.C. (Make A Greater Individual Commitment)Stephen Bargatze, Josh Sundquist
23rd2009-10Mar. 28-30Ramkota RiverCentre, PierrePutting On The Cape…Of LeadershipV.J. Smith, Patrick Maurer
24th2010-11Mar. 27-29Ramkota RiverCentre, PierreLeadership Under ConstructionEmily Firman-Pieper, Mark Scharenbroich
25th2011-12Mar. 25-27Ramkota RiverCentre, PierreLighting the Torch of LeadershipFormer Gov. Mike Rounds, Ed Gerety
26th2012-13Mar. 24-26Ramkota RiverCentre, PierreTune Into LeadershipRashaan Davis, Kyle Scheele
27th2013-14Mar. 30-Apr. 1Ramkota RiverCentre, PierreE.S.P.N. - Fit for LifeDusty Johnson, John Beede
28th2014-15Mar. 29-31Ramkota RiverCentre, PierreWelcome to the JungleJeremy Brech, Mike Schlappi
29th2015-16Apr. 3-5Denny Sanford PREMIER Center, Sioux FallsUnlimited Student AchievementMike Heuther, Amy Galimore
30th2016-17Apr. 9-11Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid CityLead Us WestBilly Riggs
31st2017-18Mar. 25-26Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid CityHometown HeroesMike Smith
32nd2018-19Apr. 7-8Denny Sanford PREMIER Center, Sioux FallsLighting The FutureMatt Bellace
2019-20Mar. 29-30Canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic
33rd2020-21Apr. 12Held virtually due to COVID-19 pandemicNoneMike Smith
34th2021-22Apr. 3-4The Monument, Rapid City

The South Dakota High School Activities Association will serve member schools by providing leadership in the development, supervision, and conduct of interscholastic activities which enrich the educational experiences of high school students. The SDHSAA is committed to the ideals that will provide equitable participation opportunities and positive recognition to students, while working cooperatively with all schools to enhance the achievement of desired educational goals.

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