For their exemplary record of leadership, service, and activities that serves to improve their school and community, Grayson High School and Mountain View High School’s student councils have been awarded the 2015 National Gold Council of Excellence Award by the National Association of Student Councils (NASC).
“Receiving an NASC National Gold Council of Excellence Award reflects the highest dedication on the part of the school to providing a strong, well-rounded student council program,” said Ann Postlewaite, National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) student programs director. “NASC applauds the work of the National Gold Councils of Excellence and challenges them to continue their leadership and service to their schools and communities.”
Out of 236 schools across the nation, only three schools across the state of Georgia were named as Councils of Excellence. Of those three schools, only Grayson and Mountain View from Gwinnett County were recognized at the Gold Level.
Steven Ramdilal, a senior at Grayson, was enthralled when he heard that Grayson was awarded this honor for the second year in a row. He goes on to say, “Student Council is truly a unique organization which wields the ability to truly impact the culture and climate of not only a school but a community. Our student council is such an integral part of our history and culture here at Grayson and it’s truly an honor to be recognized for all the great initiatives and events that we launch each day.”
Mountain View High School advisor, Kristin Murphy, says “Earning the National Council of Excellence recognition validates the commitment of all of our student council members throughout the year. Our students come up with, plan and execute various projects throughout the year with a goal of making an impact in our school, community, and this year even the southeastern region. Our students are passionate about Mountain View and we hope that having earned the National Council of Excellence award this year it will encourage more students to participate in our council and our activities.”
To meet the requirements for the NASC National Council of Excellence Award, a student council must meet a variety of criteria. In addition to basic requirements such as a written constitution, regular meetings, a democratic election process, and membership in NASC, councils demonstrate things such as leadership training for council members, teacher/staff appreciation activities, student recognition programs, school and community service projects, spirit activities, goal setting, financial planning, and active participation in state and national student council associations. Those councils awarded the gold level have successfully demonstrated the highest levels of leadership.
To learn more about the National Council of Excellence Award, visit www.nasc.us/ncoe.
Since 1931, the goal of NASC has been to help all student councils become more effective organizations. NASC represents middle level and high school councils nationwide. It creates the opportunity for students to become effective leaders, thus encouraging and influencing a positive school climate. NASC is a program of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). For more information on NASC, visit www.nasc.us.
The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the leading organization of and voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and school leaders from across the United States and 35 countries around the world. NASSP administers the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, National Elementary Honor Society, and National Association of Student Councils. For more information about NASSP, located in Reston, VA, visit www.nassp.org.