Bellingham High School senior and ASB president Logan Foy has gotten a promotion. He will keep serving as a student who leads, but this time for much of the western United States.
The Association of Washington Student Leaders (AWSL) and the National Association of State Student Council Executive Directors (NASSCED), named Logan to represent the AWSL student advisory council for the 2020 cohort of “Student Presidents CONNECT.”
“Logan is a huge positive influence in our school,” Bellingham High principal Linda Miller said. “He is a courageous leader who willingly shares his personal story and struggles to inspire others and promote inclusivity in our school. We’re so proud of him.”
Student Presidents CONNECT is “a multi-state opportunity for our region’s students to lead, empower, and elevate together,” AWSL said in a statement. Logan will represent Washington state in NASSCED’s Region 7, which consists of Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Nevada and California.
“We continue to be proud and impressed by Logan’s passion for equity, social justice, and creating a better world for all,” AWSL Program Director James Layman said. “Logan is the perfect student to serve in this position, and we cannot wait to see him represent Washington and Region 7 of NASSCED.”
The Association of Washington School Leaders is a student leadership organization affiliated with the Association of Washington School Principals. Its mission is to provide “leadership opportunities that support and increase the academic and social success of all students.”
At Bellingham High, Logan has been involved in a wide variety of activities. In 2020, he is serving as the ASB President, and during 2018-19 he was the Inter-Class Coordinator. Bellingham High elects student leadership for calendar-year rather than school-year terms to promote more continuity from one school year to the next.
During the spring 2020 COVID-19 closure, Logan hosted a weekly “Monday Academic Announcement” show to give weekly announcements, setting the tone for learning for the week.
Logan was also part of the student leadership team that presented to the school board and district leadership around the “WE [are] BHS” campaign. He is active in other clubs and activities such as Showstoppers, Link Crew and Pink Squad.
The common thread for Logan as a leader is finding ways for all students to see themselves involved at school and he shared that a big conversation was inclusion vs. tradition.
“How do we preserve our traditions, but also make it so they include everybody, especially if they haven’t in the past?” Logan and other leaders wondered. This question then turned into the whole mission at BHS this year, the “WE [are] BHS” campaign.
“We want to make sure that every single kid is appreciated no matter what part of the school they are involved in, because they still are part of the school.”
For example, Logan saw a big uptick in participation in assemblies, like Homecoming and Tolo, after some changes were made to make them more inclusive. “If we as leaders are giving people opportunity to be included, they will join in,” Logan said.
Student Presidents CONNECT is a new endeavor for AWSL region 7, Layman said. It was born out of a desire to provide more opportunities for students to connect with other leaders in other parts of the country and share ideas for empowering leadership in every state. The group will create their action steps as they meet.
“We really want students to drive AWSL’s initiatives; it’s going to be cool to get all these other states involved, too,” Layman said. “We don’t know what this could turn into; we’re going to let our leaders go and see what it becomes.”
The AWSL student advisory council also values inclusion, and Logan believes that value will be important as he moves forward with his work with Region 7.
“The AWSL student advisory wants every student to feel safe and valued in an education system that sometimes chooses its favorites,” Logan said. “We’ve done a lot of work starting conversations about increasing access to mental health care in schools and encouraging more education about the LGBTQ+ community. It’s amazing to see that across Washington state we really have the same goals despite living so far apart. We all are determined to help create an education system that works for everybody and not just some.”