April 28, 2017
Lem Wheeles, Student Government Advisor
Anchorage, AK—For its exemplary record of leadership, service, and activities that serve to improve the school and community, A.J. Dimond High School’s Student Government has been awarded a 2017 National Council of Excellence Award by the National Association of Student Councils (NASC).
"Receiving an NASC National Council of Excellence Award indicates dedication on the part of the middle level school toprovide 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 Councils of Excellence and challenges them to continue their leadership and service to their schools and communities."
"These student-leaders do amazing things, from providing student voice on issues in the school to planning service projects that benefit our community," said Lem Wheeles, the Student Government teacher/advisor at Dimond. "Through Student Government they learn to represent their peers, plan and run major events, and interact with businesses and leaders in our community."
To meet the requirements for the NASC National Council of Excellence Award, a student council must prove that it meets a variety of criteria. In addition to basic requirements such as a written constitution, regular meetings, a democratic election process, and membership in NASC, councils demonstrate things such 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 state and national student council associations.
To learn more about the National Council of Excellence Award, visit www.nasc.us/ncoe.
Since 1931, the goal of NASC has been to help all student councils become more effective organizations. NASC represents middle level and high school councils nationwide. It creates the opportunity for students to become effective leaders, thus encouraging and influencing a positive school climate. NASC is a program of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). For more information on NASC, visit www.nasc.us.
The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the leading organization of and voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and school leaders from across the United States and 35 countries around the world. NASSP administers the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, National Elementary Honor Society, and National Association of Student Councils. For more information about NASSP, located in Reston, VA, visit www.nassp.org.