2018 SPCHS Graduate Richard Springer named Distinguished Student Leader


For Immediate Release

Richard Springer Named Distinguished Student Leader 

St. Patrick Catholic High School student completes national program requirements to be named a National Student Council Distinguished Student Leader 

BILOXI, MISSISSIPPI – Richard Springer, a 2018 St. Patrick Catholic High School graduate, has successfully completed the National Student Council (NatStuCo) Student Leaders Program, earning national recognition as a National Student Council Distinguished Leader. He is one of nearly 900 students in the nation to achieve this recognition, which is becoming a highly sought-after honor by student leaders across the country. Sponsored by the NatStuCo and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the Student Leaders Program serves to:

  • Give schools a tool to enhance and improve their efforts to develop student leaders.
  • Challenge students to work for recognition that is based on their abilities and knowledge in the area of leadership.
  • Create an award that provides authentic assessment and recognition based on a student’s demonstration of skills and knowledge.
  • Support the standards and goals of the National Council of Excellence Awards and missions of National Student Council and NASSP.

Richard served as the St. Patrick Catholic High School Class of 2018 Salutatorian. ​During his tenure at St. Patrick Catholic High School, Springer was named a STAR Student for the State of Mississippi ​for his achievement of 35 on the ACT, was a National Merit Finalist, was named a U.S. Presidential Scholars Program Candidate, was the Elks Most Valuable Student State Finalist and was selected as a HOBY Academic All-Star Alumni. He was also a member of Mu Alpha Theta, Interact Club, Big Buddies, National English Honor Society, National Science Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, Students for Life, National Honor Society, ​the Pride of St. Patrick Band, Science Olympiad, Robotics Team and Drama Guild. Springer represented SPCHS in several leadership opportunities, including as the student liaison for the Biloxi Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, as an Electric Power Association of America Youth Tour attendee, as an attendee of the Steven Palazzo Youth Leadership Summit, as a National Student Leadership Conference attendee and more.

Richard, whose school is a National Student Council member, competed a series of required tasks and activities in order to complete the program and become a certified student leader. The rigorous application process involves the creation of a portfolio of evidence that demonstrates completion of a number of activities inclusive of modules on leadership, goal setting, team building, decision making, problem solving, group dynamics, time management and personal organization, meeting management, communication, evaluation, service, civic engagement and personal leadership philosophy. Applicants must also participate in an assessment meeting with their advisers and principals to verify completion of the requirements. Student portfolios and applications are then forwarded to NatStuCo for a final review. Upon successful completion of the program, students are recognized as Distinguished Student Leaders.

For more information on the National Student Council Distinguished Student Leaders Program, visit www.NatStuCo.org.


About National Student Council 

The National Student Council™ (NatStuCo) provides resources, programs and recognition to develop and support student council leaders and advisers. NatStuCo believes that student council is the voice of the student body and is dedicated to preparing and empowering student leaders to serve their schools and communities through leadership, service and civic engagement. For more information, visit www.NatStuCo.org.


The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the leading organization 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. The association connects and engages school leaders through advocacy, research, education and student programs. NASSP advocates on behalf of all school leaders to ensure the success of each student and strengthens school leadership practices through the design and delivery of high-quality professional learning experiences. Reflecting its long-standing commitment to student leadership development, NASSP administers the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, National Elementary Honor Society and National Student Council.


                   Richard Springer