LANCASTER HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT UNION RECEIVES NATIONAL GOLD COUNCIL OF EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR THE
11th CONSECUTIVE YEARRESTON, VA For its exemplary record of leadership, service, and activities that serve to improve the school and community, the Lancaster High School Student Union has been awarded a 2016 National Gold Council of Excellence Award by the National Association of Student Councils (NASC). Nearly 200 high school councils were named National Councils of Excellence. Of those, the Lancaster High School Student Union is one of only 186 high school councils nationwide to receive the highly esteemed honor of being named a National Gold Council of Excellence. Furthermore, the Lancaster High School Student Union has been named a National Gold Council of Excellence for the 11th consecutive year, earning the prestigious designation every year since the awards inception in 2006.
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 the 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 their state and national student council associations.
“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 Sherrill, 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.”
“It truly is an honor to carry on the tradition of being recognized as a National Gold Council of Excellence. We put in a tremendous amount of time and effort to carry on the outstanding leadership program that has been developed over the years here at Lancaster High School. We hold tradition very dear to our hearts here at LHS, and the distinction of being a Gold Council of Excellence illustrates the efforts of our students and teachers to continue all of our traditions that make our school special. I am proud of all the people who contributed to achieving this status and dedicated themselves to the betterment of our school building and environment.”
Alec Blunt 2012-2013 Student Union PresidentThe 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 www.nasc.us.