Sartell High School Receives National Student Council Award

For its exemplary record of leadership, service and activities that serve to improve the school and community, Sartell High School has been awarded a 2013 National Gold Council of Excellence Award by the National Association of Student Councils (NASC).  Nearly 180 high school councils were named National Councils of Excellence.  Of those, Sartell High School is one of only 163 high school councils nationwide to receive the highly esteemed honor of being named a National Gold Council of Excellence.

To meet the requirements for the NASC National Councils 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 criterion.  In addition to basic requirements such as a written constitution, regular meetings, a democratic 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 the state and national council associations.

“I am very proud of the SHS Student Council.  They continue to provide leadership for our students and are integral to several activities and programs that happen at our school,” shared Brenda Steve, principal at Sartell High School.  “They are deserving of this award for their high-quality work, dedication and service.”

“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 Jeff Sherill, associate director of NASC.  “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.”

The National Association of Student Councils (NASC) promotes and provides leadership development opportunities to prepare and empower students to serve their schools and communities.  NASC is a program of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).  The NASSP – the preeminent organization and national voice for middle level and high school leaders – also sponsors the National Honor Society (NHS) and the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), which recognizes outstanding middle level and high school students who demonstrate excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service and character.  For more information on NASC, visit