SEASIDE - More than 1,500 high school students will storm Seaside Sunday and Monday for the annual Oregon Association of Student Councils conference at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center.

The students and advisors from 128 Oregon schools will listen to several keynote speakers focused on this year's theme "Mix It Up."

"The idea is to conduct activities that will help kids learn to break out of cliques, to break down barriers," said Nancy Moen, director of OASC. "We hope that the kids will walk away with ideas about teaching and practicing tolerance in their high schools."

Speakers include former professional basketball player Kevin Singleton and sign language presenter David Parker. Students may choose from 20 break-out sessions to attend on Sunday night.

Topics range from volunteering to decoration ideas for school dances.

During the conference, students will also hold a "canned food civil war" and will place canned food in either Duck or Beaver barrels. All canned food will be donated to the South County Food Bank in Seaside, Moen said.

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