SHS Student Council Earns National Recognition
April 14, 2022
Sartell High School Student Council Earns National Recognition
For its exemplary record of leadership, service, and activities that serve to improve the school and community, the Sartell High School (SHS) Student Council has been recognized as a 2022 National Gold Council of Excellence by National Student Council (NatStuCo).
“Receiving a National Gold Council of Excellence Award shows the utmost dedication a school’s students, leaders, and staff have made to making their community a better place,” said NASSP CEO Ronn Nozoe. “Sartell High School has gone above and beyond in elevating student voice to ensure they are establishing a positive climate and culture, as well as fostering academic and social growth for all.”
SHS Student Council Advisor Karrie Fredrickson shared, “This is a great - and well-deserved - honor. Our students earned this Gold level national recognition during a challenging year and I am so proud. Their cooperation, creativity, and genuine concern and support for each other serve as inspiration for other students and our community.”
SHS Student Council President Summbla Anjum added, “During COVID our council has to adapt to our ever-changing environment. However, this is the first year where we have had a sense of normalcy and I think our council has stepped up to bring back some of our traditions. Some grades in the high school have never experienced a Winter Formal or Carnival, and the enthusiasm and commitment our council has shown are commendable.”
In addition to these traditional events, this year’s council introduced new activities. Anjum continued, “This year we have planned various mental wellness activities throughout the year. Our standing committee for mental health has done a wonderful job planning events such as ‘Candy and Coloring’ as well as a springtime ‘Plant Party’. Both of these events encourage students to partake in a fun activity while practicing mindful skills. We have heard positive feedback from attendees and I also think it has opened a door for conversation amongst our peers.”
Anjum concluded, “Without our council members and advisor, Karrie Fredrickson, we truly would not be able to pull off any of our events and activities. Our members attend numerous committee and council meetings, and Ms. Fredrickson is with us every step of the way, keeping us on track and on task so that our visions can come to life. We only run like a well-oiled machine because of the hard work of everyone involved.”
To meet the requirements for the National Gold 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, the councils have demonstrated successful sponsorship and participation in activities such as leadership development and service to the school and community.