St. Patrick receives national student council award

For its exemplary record of leadership, service, and activities that serve to improve the school and community, the St. Patrick Catholic High School student council has been awarded a 2016 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.”

Amber Buckley, sponsor of the St. Patrick student council, stated, “Our student body is blessed to have so many solid leaders on student council who have worked very hard to make St. Patrick a positive environment and a memorable six years for everyone: students, faculty, staff, and our community. They have had the opportunity to continue to cultivate their leadership potential through various workshops and conferences and bring about positive change in our school, and this honor is a testament to their abilities as a leadership team.”

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.

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