Upper St. Clair High School student council sponsor Brooke Tarcson has been named Pennsylvania Association of Student Councils’ Region B High School Advisor of the Year.
“Mrs. Tarcson is remarkably enthusiastic about supporting our student council and she’s always eager to help us in any way possible,” Constantine Tripodes, rising senior and student council president for 2020-21, said. “Her office door is always open for students to come in and share ideas.”
The student council oversees the school’s 70-plus clubs and plans events including Homecoming and Sadie Hawkins dances, Rush (activities fair) and Community Day. Student council members are impressed with Tarcson’s ability to juggle her schedule and accomplish tasks.
“Her schedule is tightly packed, as we joke that she runs every aspect of our school,” said Tori Slagle, rising junior and student council member. “We are all amazed that a single person can successfully execute everything on her plate.”
Tarcson also serves as the school’s activities coordinator, overseeing special events including senior prom, graduation, awards night and the fundraising U-THON. She works alongside Danny Holzer, activities director and senior class sponsor.
“While her designated job title is ‘activities coordinator,’ she regularly goes well beyond the call of duty, taking on additional roles and assignments to ensure that our students have an outstanding high school experience,” Upper St. Clair High School Principal Timothy Wagner said. “She is a trusted confidant, ally and advocate for all students, and she consistently demonstrates leadership for improving our high school culture.”
The school’s administrators credit Tarcson with identifying opportunities for students to align their efforts with the student council’s mission of “uniting voice, serving the community, and committing to progress.” She has partnered with students in supporting their vision for several student-led initiatives including wellness, No Place for Hate, Black History Month and the school’s social media accounts.
“She has been our advisor for four years now. Over those four years, she has helped the entire student council grow as a team, leaders, and as people,” said Sarah Christensen, rising junior and student council member. “Our student council, school and community would not be the same without Mrs. Tarcson. She is a selfless individual who aims to bring positive energy and spread happiness throughout our world.”
A resident of Upper St. Clair Township, Tarcson and her husband, John, have four college and high school-age daughters. A parent volunteer for 13 years, she held various leadership roles within Streams Elementary PTO and USC Parent Teacher Council. She was hired as the high school’s activities coordinator in July 2016.
“In addition to being our advisor, Mrs. Tarcson is a role-model for all of us. She shows us how hard work pays off and to see things from a positive perspective,” said Joe Markovitz, rising senior and senior class treasurer. “Her bold and optimistic energy helps encourage our Student Council to think outside the box.”
The mission of Pennsylvania Association of Student Councils is to engage and recognize student leaders and advisors in leadership training, networking, community service, school improvement, personal development opportunities and civic engagement in the 21st century. PASC is divided into 10 geographical regions. Region B represents Allegheny, Washington and Greene counties.
As the Regional B High School Advisor of the Year, Tarcson qualifies as a nominee for statewide recognition. All 10 regional winners have the opportunity to apply for the statewide title. The PASC High School Advisor of the Year will be announced at the organization’s state conference, which is scheduled for Oct. 29-31.