MIDLOTHIAN — For its exemplary record of leadership, service, and activities that serve to improve the school and community, Frank Seale Middle School student council has been awarded a 2017 National Gold Council of Excellence Award by the National Association of Student Councils (NASC).

“Receiving an NASC National Gold Council of Excellence Award 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 them to continue their leadership and service to their schools and communities.”

Jennifer Barnes, the FSMS student council sponsor, added, “The 115 students that make up our StuCo have come together this year to serve this community, as well as those surrounding Midlothian. They have dedicated time in and outside of school to Service Learning. They are truly deserving of this award, and as their sponsor, I am both humbled and excited beyond measure.”

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 NASC, councils demonstrate things such as leadership training for council members, teacher and 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.

Those councils awarded the gold level have successfully demonstrated the highest levels of leadership.

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.

To learn more about the National Council of Excellence Award, visit www.nasc.us/ncoe.