For the 5th year in a row, Medina High School Student Council has been awarded with the highest honor of National Gold Council of Excellence. The National Council of Excellence is a national award program created by the National Association of Student Councils to recognize student councils that maintain strong year-round programs and work to improve their schools and communities through their leadership activities. All National Councils of Excellence have demonstrated a proficiency and quality in their programs that were measured against standards developed by the NASC, which is a program of the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
NASC applauds the work of each council and challenges them to continue their efforts to improve their schools and communities through their leadership and service. NASC is proud to honor these student councils for implementing a strong leadership program that meets council goals; functioning in an ethical and responsible way; and engaging others in leadership, spirit, civic, and service activities.
“Receiving an NASC National Gold Council of Excellence Award reflects the highest dedication on the part of the local school to providing a strong, well-rounded student council program,” says Ann Postlewaite, Director of NASSP Student Programs. “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.”
To meet the requirements for the National Council of Excellence award, a student council must demonstrate that it meets a variety of criteria. Those councils named to the Gold level have successfully met a greater number of the criterion. In addition to basic requirements such as a written constitution, regular meetings, an election process and membership in NASC, schools that qualify for the award demonstrate such things 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 leadership training in state and national student council association.
Student Council Advisor Laura Calaiacovo stated that while it is a lot of work to complete the portfolio necessary to apply for the award, it is a great learning opportunity for the students to see how much Student Council does and how many leadership skills are used for all the activities. This year, the committee included Leah Steirer, Kaitlyn Novicky, Megan Varley, Ali Horner, and Sydney Cassel. The committee’s job is to provide evidence for each category to prove that Student Council actually fulfills the requirements. “Every year we try to use different activities to fulfill the requirements and the kids have to write summaries of each. It is a great tool for evaluation as well so we can see areas where we need to give our kids more opportunities and how we can continue to get better,” said Calaiacovo.