Every student is encouraged to step forward and strengthen their leadership skills at GSSM. Since clubs and societies are "student driven," every student at GSSM can be a leader in some way. Students may choose to initiate a new club, serve as an officer, be an active member, attend student council meetings, or become a natural helper or ambassador. There is something for everyone!
GSSM Ambassadors represent the school in many ways including public relations, tours and special events.
Ambassadors speak with parents and students during orientation in May, help the Admissions office when needed, serve as role models for prospective students, guide campus tours for interested students and parents, and assist with GSSM's Preview Days in the fall and winter.
Ambassadors are selected each year in the spring.
Natural Helpers are the "front line" when it comes to assisting the Guidance and Residence Life staffs in meeting the physical, emotional and psychological needs of our students. They serve as peer counselors and role models. They are nominated by their peers and carefully selected by a committee of staff and faculty.
A Natural Helper is a facilitator developing a relationship with his or her peers, helping to solve problems, and guiding new students in their adjustment to the GSSM environment. The mission of a Natural Helper is to instill a "sense of belonging" in new students. They help new students adjust to the academic and social transition from their home high school to life at GSSM and to provide assistance to any student in need. Natural Helpers are selected each year in the spring.
Some students choose to get very involved in Residence Life activities and take on a more informal (but very important) role by assisting the Residence Life staff with programming ideas and maintaining a safe, comfortable, clean residence hall environment that is also conducive to studying. These student leaders may also help create an educational bulletin board, call a floor meeting to discuss a concern or just rally the floor together to perform a community service project.
Student Activity Board
The Student Activity Board is made up of two members of the Student Council and six members elected from the student body at-large.
SAB is responsible for planning Homegoing Week, Winter Formal, Prom, other campus wide events, and off-campus trips to Carowinds, Myrtle Beach, Frankie's Fun Park, the Highland Games and Medival Times. They help plan, advertise, set up and clean up for these activities. The SAB is advised by a Residence Life Coordinator.
Student Council represents the viewpoints of the student body and brings ideas, concerns and suggestions to the faculty and administration.
The GSSM Student Council was created to maintain a strong relationship between faculty and student body; to maintain high standards of cooperation, loyalty and school spirit; to help students prepare for adult life and citizenship; to encourage all worthwhile activities in the school; and to continue to improve the quality of life at the school.
The student council represents the ideas, wishes and attitudes of the student body and conveys these to the faculty. The student council is focused on creating a bridge between faculty and students for ease of communication and to provide a mechanism by which to improve the quality of life at GSSM.
The student council consists of eight seniors and six juniors.
GSSM Orientation Leaders assist incoming juniors and their families in their transition to the campus community during their initial days at GSSM. They play a vital role in New Student and Family Orientation in May and the New Student Transition Welcome Week Programs in August. They work closely with incoming students on a wide variety of topics that encompass campus and academic life.
To be considered for this leadership position, students complete an application that reflects their desire to serve in this capacity and they are selected based on the quality of their applications and specific criteria.
The residence hall at GSSM is set up on the House System. Each house is led by a house captain. These residential leaders set an example for the other students in their House. House Captains embody the values, mission, and goals of the GSSM Community. They encourage and motivate fellow House members, work with Campus Life staff members to implement programs, assist with House operations and activities, encourage school spirit, and serve as a liaison between students and the Campus Life staff.
To be considered for this leadership position, students must be nominated by a faculty/staff member in order to receive an application for the position.