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DHS Student Council Receives Gold Council of Excellence Award

“Receiving an NASC National Gold Council 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 then to continue their leadership and service to their schools and communities.”

Student Body Co-Presidents, Maggie Hackett and Seth Marvin-Vanderryn, said, “It’s an honor to have received this award for the 7th year in a row. We are proud to have built on traditions that have been established by previous DHS councils, along with the work our council has put in this year. To be considered one of the top 11 councils in the state is really exciting for our council as a whole.”

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 the NASC, councils demonstrate things such as leadership training for council members, teachers/staff appreciation activities, student recognition programs, school and community service programs, 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.

This is the 7th year in a row that Durango HS has been awarded a Gold Council of Excellence.  In 2017 there were 11 high schools in Colorado and 233 high schools nationwide which  were recognized as Gold Councils of Excellence.

To learn more about the National Council of Excellence Award, visit www.nasc/ncoe. For more information about Durango HS Student Council or other student leadership options, please contact advisor Dale Garland (970)259-1630 ext. 2212 or dgarland@durango.k12.co.us.