The Wayzata High School student council was recently named a 2023 National Gold Council of Excellence Award by the National Student Council (NatStuCo). The WHS student council was recognized for its exemplary record of leadership, service and activities that improve the school and community. The NatStuCo program is supported by its parent organization, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).
"Exceptional student councils are a hallmark of exceptional schools," said NASSP CEO Ronn Nozoe. "The WHS council has taken student leadership to the next level, creating a culture promoting scholarship and citizenship that resonates far beyond their team. I'm delighted to recognize their hard work with the National Gold Council of Excellence Award for their commitment to service, leadership and uplifting the voices of their peers."
The WHS student council works tirelessly to build community at the high school in a number of ways:
Beginning the year with an exceptional homecoming week, the student council aimed to build school community and spirit and succeeded with impressive student engagement, hosting over 1,500 students at the Homecoming dance.
The student council also exceeded their goal by raising more than $11,000 in the annual Adopt-a-Family fundraiser to benefit IOCP and the Children’s Hospital of Minnesota.
The student council listened to the student body and updated or added programming to meet the needs of high school students. This school year, the council created new events including Sip-N-Study and a WHS Drive-In.
A student council must meet a variety of criteria to earn the prestigious National Council of Excellence Award. In addition to basic requirements such as a written constitution, regular meetings and a democratic election process, the council must have demonstrated successful sponsorship and participation in activities such as leadership development and service to the school and community