By: Eric White
Student Activities Coordinator
Highlands Intermediate School
For its exemplary record of leadership, service and activities that improve the school and community, the Highlands Intermediate Student Council has been recognized as a 2023 National Gold Council of Excellence by the National Student Council (NatStuCo). The NatStuCo program is supported by its parent organization, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).
Highlands Intermediate Student Council 22-23 did an outstanding job by creating an amazing school year of awesome events and activities that brought a sense of normalcy back after the COVID lockdown that involved all 830 students, staff and teachers! From the Welcome Back Assembly “Fantastic Students and Where to Find Them!” to Club Rush to Fall Dance “The Glow Ball” to Highlands Haunted House 10 “The Escape from Azkaban!” to Valentine’s Dance “Love Through the Looking Glass” to the most recent Fun Fridays – the Highlands Student Council 22-23 did it all! We couldn’t be more proud of these fine young students for the extraordinary service and leadership that they provided all year long…
“Exceptional student councils are a hallmark of exceptional schools,” said NASSP CEO Ronn Nozoe. “The [school name] council has taken student leadership to the next level, creating a culture promoting scholarship and citizenship that resonates far beyond their team. I’m delighted to recognize their hard work with the National Gold Council of Excellence Award for their commitment to service, leadership and uplifting the voices of their peers.”
A student council must meet a variety of criteria to earn the National Council of Excellence Award. In addition to basic requirements such as a written constitution, regular meetings and a democratic election process, the councils must have demonstrated successful sponsorship and participation in activities such as leadership development and service to the school and community. Learn more about the award here.
About National Student Council
National Student Council (NatStuCo) provides and promotes professional development and leadership training to student council advisers who, in turn, teach leadership skills to student council members. NatStuCo is dedicated to preparing and empowering student leaders to better serve their schools and communities. For more information, visit NatStuCo.org.
The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the leading organization of middle level and high school principals and other school leaders across the United States. NASSP seeks to transform education through school leadership, recognizing that the fulfillment of each student’s potential relies on great leaders in every school committed to the success of each student. 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.
For more information about NASSP visit nassp.org or call 703-860-0200.
Click here to see the video of the Highlands Intermediate Student Council Induction Ceremony 2023! *pictured above*