When the Student Government Association partnered with the Women’s Shelter of South Texas for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, they wanted to try something new for the annual “Go Purple” event.
“We’ve done it before with them a couple years, but it’s either been at the Watergardens or a church,” SGA adviser Beverly Cage said. “Last year we talked about trying it at Del Mar and seeing how it works out — and it worked out really well.”
So well, in face, that the SGA won first palce for Community Service Project at its Texas Junior College Student Government Association Leaders Assemble State Convention in Houston.
SGA co-adviser Tina Butler received second place for Adviser of the Year at the conference.
“She was really excited to be able to win second place,” Cage said. “She’s really helped us in shape and form because parliament procedure is strongly used in the regional and state level.”
The SGA also won honorable mention for Event of the Year for Pizza with the President and was recognized for organizing a statewide community service project with the Ronald McDonald House of Houston.
Alongside the awards won, the SGA took home many skills learned from the workshops.
“I can always take back different leadership skills that I can use at Del Mar. We learned different ways to advertise SGA to get students to come to our meetings,” SGA member Payton Jones said.
One thing that Cage feels stands out along with the awards won is the leadership the students show. “It’s great when you see student leaders that rise to the occasion and do what you know they’re capable of,” Cage said, “But helping them grow and get to that level is the most rewarding and amazing part of it to me.”
First place, Community Service Project
Second place, Adviser of the Year
Third place, Chapter of the Year
Third place, Poetry
Honorable mention, Event of the Year
Recognition for statewide community service project with the Ronald McDonald House of Houston