Members of the Centennial High School Student Government Council will host students from across the state.

Members of the Centennial High Student Government organization will host other government leaders from across the state.

LAS CRUCES—More than 1,500 high school students from throughout New Mexico will be at Centennial High School Feb. 9-11 for the 2017 New Mexico Association of Student Councils (NMASC) state conference.  It will be the first time in 17 years that the state event will be held in southern New Mexico.

In order to host the massive event, there will be no school for Centennial High School students on Friday, February 10, said Principal Michael Montoya.  Centennial’s student government leaders successfully made a bid to host the event two years ago, he said.

Melanie Stuart, Centennial’s student government advisor, said 61 New Mexico schools are expected to attend. Dozens of Centennial’s government leaders will also be participating, she said.

The conference theme is “Lights! Camera! Leadership!”  According to the NMASC website, the conference is focused on learning and leadership development.  Advisors and students present small-group workshops on a breadth of leadership topics.

Several competitions are also part of the three-day conference.  And, throughout the conference, candidates campaign for NMASC state office and are elected at the closing general session.

—Jo Galvan, LCPS chief communications officer, 575.527.5811,