2018 TASC High School Annual Conference

April 14-16, 2018 | Arlington Convention Center & Sheraton Hotel

Registration opens December 6, 2017
Hotel Reservations open December 6, 2017

Join 5,000 StuCo leaders in Arlington as we come together to celebrate accomplishments, elect officers, and attend sessions on leadership and student council issues. The conference includes a catered meal and a night at Six Flags Theme Park as well as many exciting speakers and activities.

Keynote speakers include Houston Kraft and Mike Smith, Live. Enjoy the large group breakout with surprise guests. Every minute of the conference will be packed with activities, exhibits, assemblies, and workshops to encourage attendees to deepen their hearts. There are sessions for both advisors and students. Register now to ensure your school will be there.

Texas High School will ensure this 82nd TASC Annual Conference is the best ever. They are ready. Are you? THS is asking for your council to take an active role in this year's conference.  See information about the Heart of Texas Drumline, StuCo's Got Talent, and the TASC attempt to break the record for the Largest Line Dance in Texas History.

Hotel reservations must be made separately. Schools are highly encouraged to use the Housing Bureau as that helps keep registration at a reasonable price. The housing bureau opens December 1. Conference t-shirts are provided to those who register by the discounted price preregistration deadline. On-site registration will be available.

Thank you, Herff Jones, for your support of the TASC Annual Conference.

Texas High is planning a great conference!  Look for ways your council can participate in the line dance, the Heart of Texas drum line, and StuCo's Got Talent!   See our pre-conference video here.


Registration »  Opens Dec. 6

• $125 per person if registered by March 15 (Conference t-shirts are provided.) No cancellations are allowed after March 15.
• $150 per person if registered after March 15 (Conference t-shirts are NOT provided.) Note: In order to be eligible for the complimentary conference t-shirt, registration must be submitted no later than midnight March 15th. Please note that if you register online and do not cancel in writing prior to March 16, 2017, you are obligated to pay the entire amount. It helps TASC if you mail your payment asap rather than taking it to the conference. Arlington Convention Center - 1200 Ballpark Way, Arlington, Texas.

Registration will remain open until April 10 or until all seats are filled. If space allows, onsite registration is available.  See below for delegation size, etc.


Hotel Reservations » Opens Dec. 6
Please book in the TASC block -- this helps keep registration cost low. Schools booking outside the block costs TASC revenue. It also helps you because Conference Direct can help you find other rooms, add additional rooms, etc. Contact Conference Direct if you need their assistance or need them to intercede with the hotel on your behalf. You do need to make requests before March TBD. Questions or Special Requests? Please contact Conference Direct: Toll Free: | Cancellations or changes: .  If you need additional help, contact Terry Hamm prior to March 15.  Please read the information that pops up on the reservation site before booking.

Please register through the Housing Bureau to ensure that TASC receives credit for the rooms which keeps registration costs down. Registration outside this hotel block may cause registration fees to increase for everyone. Use the hotel reservation link to access hotel information. A number is listed if you need help with this process. Should your ISD or TASC District commit to bringing more than 50 delegates, contact terry@tassp.org prior to November 24. TASC will try to assist you in booking at one hotel.

Registration should be submitted to TASC using the online registration form.
Requests for refunds may be submitted in writing by March 15. (Email to lori@tassp.org.) The TASC Board of Directors has a no refund policy for any cancellations made after March 15. No shows will be billed. Completing the online registration form obligates you for payment for all registrants unless canceled by the deadline. No adjustments will be made to bills following March 16.

Admission to the event at Six Flags is included in registration, and a catered meal will be served at the park. No other meals will be provided.

School delegations are limited in size. Please see guidelines for numbers. (You may add students for completing state reports, serving on conference committees, etc.) There is no limit to the number of adults who may register. All individuals who attend the conference must be registered. Six Flags tickets may be purchased onsite for chaperones and guests who do not attend the conference. Additional students may be added on site.

TASC does not accept credit card payments over the phone. You may pay via credit card via a link on your invoice or on site.

DELEGATES:
Schools are limited to the number of regular delegates they can bring (13). In addition to the 13 regular delegates, you may be entitled to up to 15 additional delegates if your school participates in any of the activities below:

One additional delegate is allowed for each area below. You may also register up to two (2) foreign exchange students in addition to your school delegates.

- Table top presentation leader
- 2nd Table top presentation leader
- Up to two for two table talks submitted (even if not accepted)
- Submitted a State Report Form: D.A.S.H
- Submitted a State Report Form:Energy/Environment (E&E)
- Submitted a State Report Form:  Pride and Patriotism (P&)
- Submitted a State Report Form:  Community Service (CS)
- Submitted a State Report Form:  Outstanding Student Council (OSC)
- Your council is a current or incoming District President School
- Your council is a candidate for state office 
- Your council is a current state officer school
- Representatives of your council are serving on a Conference Committee
- Your council submitted a Top Ten Project application to TASC
- Your council submitted a Top Ten Video application to TASC
- Your council submitted a TASSP Scholarship Application
- Your council submitted an application for the NASC National Council of Excellence Award

All individuals attending the conference must register. Attendees receive a name badge and a wrist band which are required for admission to the Convention Center following the hours of registration. Admittance into a private TASC party at Six Flags and a catered meal at the park are included in the registration fee. You must have a ticket to enter. No other meals are included. Six Flags tickets for chaperones/guests who do not attend the conference may be purchased on site.

On occasion, schools ask if a principal can visit part of the conference. We are happy to include principals without charge as long as we have room. If your principal wants to attend, please send that name to Terry. That way we can be sure to have enough seating. In the happy circumstance that we sell out, you will be notified.  Should the principal wish to go to Six Flags, you can purchase a ticket at registration or by contacting Lori in advance if you want an invoice.


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CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS:
Be a part of the largest student leadership gathering in the U.S. at the 2018 TASC High School Annual Conference! Registration, campaigns, exhibits, and activities are available Saturday, April 14, noon until 7:30 pm. Enjoy games, activities, and entertainment while talking to schools running for TASC office Sunday afternoon.

Please note on schedule below times for District flag practice, Table Talk Presenter meeting, and a meeting for 2017 JC's on Sunday afternoon.


CONFERENCE SCHEDULE: (Tentative) 

Day One
12:00 – 7:30 p.m.   Registration/Campaigns/Entertainment
12:00 – 7:30 p.m.   Exhibits Open
3:20 – 3:55 or 5:00 – 5:35 p.m.   First Time Attendee Advisor Orientation
4:05 – 4:50 p.m.     Special Session for Advisors with Houston Kraft
5:00 – 6:45 p.m.     Dinner offered at the Sheraton (advance purchase, see links above)
7:30 – 10:00 p.m.   Opening General Session

Day Two - Arlington Convention Center and Arlington Sheraton
7:30 – 9:00 a.m.     Registration
8:00 – 8:45 a.m.     Advisor Business Meeting
8:00 – 8:45 a.m.     Meet the Candidates Session
9:00 – 11:15 a.m.   Second General Session
11:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  
11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.  Balloting
1:30 – 4:15 p.m.     Break out Rotations
5:00 – 10:00 p.m.   Six Flags

Day Three - Arlington Convention Center
8:30 – 9:15 a.m.     Run-off Balloting (if needed)
9:30 – 11:45 a.m.   Final General Session
11:45 – 12:45 a.m. Meeting for New Officer Schools

ADVISOR RESPONSIBILITIES: 

Advisors assume full responsibility for their student delegations during the conference, including enforcing the TASC dress code.
TASC recognizes HS advisors for years of service to student council and TASC. Service pins are awarded at five year intervals. Retiring advisors who have served for more than five years are recognized as well. Advisors must submit a recognition form.

DRESS CODE:
• Jeans/pants and t-shirts are highly encouraged as the primary dress.
• Shorts are NOT permitted at TASC conferences or workshops held during the school year.
• Shorts are permitted at summer programs, but must be no shorter than three inches above the TOP of the kneecap.
• Skirts/dresses are permitted at all events but must be no shorter than three inches above the TOP of the kneecap.
• All tops and dresses must have sleeves at TASC events.
• Caps or hats are not to be worn when inside a building.
• This dress code may be modified for performers at TASC events. Costumes must be approved by a conference committee.
• TASC/TASC Districts retain the right to enforce a specified dress code for events outside the TASC state calendar.(Policy amended November 2016)

The only exception to the no hats/no shorts rule is the High School Annual Conference event held at Six Flags theme park. A meal is included with at the Six Flags event. All other meals are the responsibility of the individual.